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Genealogy Centre

Genealogy enquiry

Important Information

Update: 9 September 2021

Due to the ongoing challenges of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Genealogy Centre - run by Glasgow City Council's Registrars Services at the Mitchell Library (Scotlandspeople Family History) will remain closed and bookings will not be taken until further notice.

Whilst we were hoping to confirm a re-opening date for the Family history Centre in the coming weeks, due to pressures elsewhere in the service, the decision has been taken to push back the date in order to allow our staff the necessary time to work through the extensive backlog of high priority statutory duties that we are dealing with at the moment.

We understand that this is frustrating for some of our citizens/service users, however, rest assured our team continue to work hard and we are hopeful that we will be in a position to re-open the centre soon.  All updates will be provided on our website when any further information is available.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to face the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and the impact on our resources and services.

What is it?

Researching your family tree is now easier in Glasgow. You can now use the ScotlandsPeople system to search millions of Scottish records at our Genealogy Centre.

Where is the Genealogy Centre?

The Genealogy Centre is located at:-

Fifth floor
Mitchell Library
North Street 

The facility is run by Glasgow Registration Service.

This location will allow easier access to other resources available within the Mitchell Library that may be of interest to those searching their family history.

Hours of Opening are 9.30am - 4.00pm Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays).  Please note when the Genealogy Centre is opened on a Saturday it will be closed normally on the Wednesday of that week.  Please check opening hours of the centre either by calling or by email.

We also offer occasional Saturday opening throughout the year.

To check availability or make a booking please phone 0141 287 8365 or email

How do I book an appointment?

Please telephone the Registrar's appointment line on 0141 287 7655.  The line is open Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Bookings can also be made by email at

How much does it cost?

The current fee per person is £15.00 per day or part thereof.

Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to use the Genealogy Centre.

Where a person is to be accompanied by a carer, the carer will be admitted free of charge to provide assistance. Please contact the centre for further information.

The system in operation is one whereby the client has to do all the research by themselves. The member of staff in attendance will demonstrate how to use and make the most of the facilities available. Please note the more accurate background information that you have the more likely it is that you will succeed in your research.

What records/sources are available?

We are happy to bring Scotland's People package to our Genealogy Centre as part of our working partnership with National Records of Scotland.

Please be aware that computer access in our centre is for Scotlandspeople use only-no other websites will be available during your visit. 

On arrival you will be allocated a computer station for your own exclusive use.

Available records include:-

  • Statutory Birth, Death & Marriage Records for the whole of Scotland (1855 - present)
  • Civil Partnership records (2005 - present)
  • Scottish Divorces (Index only) (1984 - present)
  • Old Parochial Records (1553 - 1854)
  • Census including Street indexes (1841 - 1911)
  • Catholic Registers
  • Wills and Testaments (1513-1925)
  • Soldiers Wills (1857-1966)
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Military Tribunals (1916-1918)

Other Resources Available

The Mitchell Library is one of Glasgow Life's iconic venues, providing lending, reference and archival materials across all subject areas including many records and resources to support the family historian. These materials are concentrated in the Family History Centre and the City Archives on level 5 of The Mitchell. We work in partnership with Glasgow Life to offer family history researchers one-stop shop access to a vast array of resources to discover how your Scottish ancestors lived their lives. Our web-link provided below will give you more information on our opening hours and how to access our services.

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