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General Register House

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Digging deeper into family roots

Spent an enjoyable half day here. Reasonable cost to do research. Very very helpful staff, stayed... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Metairie, Louisiana
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Extremely interesting visit

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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H M General Register House 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 535 1314
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

A beautiful building at the east end of Princes Street the Adam Dome and the library is worth a visit alone. Until the end of November there is a fantastic exhibition bringing together amazing photographs of convicted criminals from the Edinburgh City archives - murders...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst we have walked by the General Register House, containing the National Records of Scotland on many occasions, we have never been in, and with the "Famous Scots From The Past" Exhibition being advertised during the Festival, thought this would be a good time. The...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Spent an enjoyable half day here. Reasonable cost to do research. Very very helpful staff, stayed with me till I got settled in. Beautiful building, too, so the atmosphere was wonderful. I was able to confirm dates and names more easily here than having to...More

Thank lbmullane
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It is situated at the very end of Princes Street, just before the commencement of Waterloo Place, has a statue of the Duke of Wellington outside it, and...More

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Certainly some grand buildings around this city, and this being another one of them, really had a great time here, and it is just lovely to saunter around the streets having a feel of the cities atmosphere.

Thank Theycallitmadness
Reviewed 11 January 2017

These days we can do a lot online, and General Register House has its online presence with 'Scotland's People'. However I went there to get some help with working out how to best use the information available, and you can also access their computer system...More

Thank PtarmiganTraveller
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I am a regular user of both the Scotland's People Centre and the Historic Search Room. There is so much information that it would take several lifetime to ferret out everything of interest! The staff are very helpful and the computerised search systems are very...More

Thank Bean-astair
Reviewed 20 November 2015

I've been visiting here for several years, tracing my family. It's always a pleasure - great surroundings, friendly and helpful staff, and I always find something unexpected and of interest. We in Scotland are so fortunate to have this amazing resource. The computerisation makes it...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

After hearing an enthusiastic review of the midwifery exhibition on BBC Radio Scotland decided to go along during a visit to Edinburgh. We initially missed the tiny exhibition as we walked through the building. What a shame that it was not more prominent. There were...More

Thank Midhill
Reviewed 31 July 2015

The General Register House is right in front of Waverley Station as you exit. You can go in and find out anything you want to know about your ancestors. It is a government building so check the opening hours.

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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