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Address: 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, Scotland
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:30

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If you want to look up a lot of records, coming here in person is definitely better value than searching the ScotlandsPeople website. The staff are so helpful, they translated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 July 2016
Micaela M
Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

If you want to look up a lot of records, coming here in person is definitely better value than searching the ScotlandsPeople website. The staff are so helpful, they translated quite a few words that I couldn't figure out. This is also the only place you can access Scottish kirk sessions records. It's an easy five-minute walk from Waverly Station,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

A whole day sounds long enough, but it's surprising just how quickly the day whizzes by. So, if you are there for filling in lots of details in your family tree, make sure your list of names, dates and events is prepared in advance. Then you can home in on the records you want very efficiently. Nice roomy atmosphere and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

Have traveled from Glasgow to Edinburgh to carry out family tree research several times. £15 for a whole day with the computers being quick and easy to use. Staff are friendly and the premises are very clean and tidy. If you are unable to read the entry due to the hand writing then the entry can be re-scanned for you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

Fantastic building and staff are very helpful. Spent a full day in the search rooms and time went way to quickly! Can't wait for my next visit.

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

I was here with a friend who was researching his Scottish past-- he was not expecting the 15 pound fee but the staff gave him some data anyway. Wonderful facility, really gracious staff, nice location near other attractions. It has a really great gift shop as well with choices of books and such that go beyond just Scottish interest, and... More 

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Innerleithen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015

This was my first visit to the Scotlandspeople Centre. Previously been to the old GRO building around the corner in the past. It's £15 for the day and it's very easy to search for your ancestors. Nowadays it's all on computer, you just sit and search for the people & events you want and you then get a list of... More 

1 Thank Scotty102
Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2015

We spent an afternoon here looking for some family connections. We paid for the research aide and were incredibly impressed. Not only did we find some information, but when we got home we emailed with more information and a research assistant there was able to find information that we had thought did not exist from the searching we had been... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

Went to the Registry House to look up my family whilst in Edinburgh two weeks ago. What a great place. Robert Bailey was so helpful, he was 'at the ready' whenever I needed assistance. When I ran into a dead end, he helped me go in a different direction. I loved it, could have sat there all day if i... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We spent the day at the ScotlandsPeople Centre trying to trace back our Scottish ancestry. The facitlities are excellent and the staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Even a full day of research is not nearly enough so we will have to resort to the Internet to access the registry's records. We are hoping that the Internet version is as... More 

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

I have been tracing my Scottish family history for 15 years now and have visited the Scotlandspeople Centre about 5 or 6 times whilst on holiday. It is an absolutely brilliant place and for a daily fee of £15 you can see the actual deatils on birth, marriage & death certificates, the 1911 and earlier census and Wills up to... More 

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