The History of Leith

February 22, 2011

National Archives of Scotland (NAS)

Main office: HM General Register House,
2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Tel 0131 535 1314- Email
The most relevant records for the family historian include: wills and
testaments (not just of the rich and famous), Kirk Session records [of special interest from the standpoint of poor relief and moral judgements by the elders). There is also an extensive though incomplete collection of copies of birth,marriage and death registers for non-conformist churches. There is no charge for access to the records for historical research, but MAS staff advise that you start off by creating a skeleton family tree using GROS sources before visiting NAS.
The NAS holdings occupy over 60 kilometres of shelving. Not all of
these are stored in General Register House, and sometimes records
need to be ordered in advance or viewed in a different site. Get the
most out of your visit by contacting NAS by writing, email or visiting
the NAS website, for guidance in advance.

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