Records not held in the NAS
The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) is not the only repository
of historical records in Scotland. Important family history records
are held in the General Register Office for Scotland. Many of Scotland's
local authorities, universities, health boards, and other corporate
bodies also keep historical records and maintain archive services.
Some government records relating to Scotland are held by The National
Archives (in London).
Here are some categories of record which are not,
as a rule, in the NAS:
• army, navy and air force service records
• census returns
• civil registers of births, deaths and marriages
• local government records
• old parish registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths
• records in private hands
• ship passenger lists
• UK government records
These records are held by the institutions listed below.
Other bodies which hold records relating to Scotland
A wide variety of historical records is also held by archive, library
and museum services of local authorities, universities, and private
insitutions. The most comprehensive guide to these can be found
in the the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) website, where you can
also search a unified catalogue to collections in more than 50 Scottish
archives and libraries.
General Register Office for Scotland (GROS)
The GROS keeps civil registers of births, deaths and marriages;
census returns; and old parish regsiters of baptisms, marriages
and burials. Some of these records are available using the ScotlandsPeople
National Library of Scotland (NLS)
The NLS is a UK legal deposit library and also holds collections of
manuscripts, maps and newspapers.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments
of Scotland (RCAHMS)
The records of the RCAHMS relate to buildings, sites, and ancient
monuments of archaeological, architectural and historical interest,
including maritime sites and underwater constructions in Scotland.
Scottish Screen Archive
The Scottish Screen Archive preserves archive film in Scotland and
collects written and photographic materials relating to the development
of cinema exhibition and film production in Scotland over the past
The National Archives (London)
Some records of central government functions relating to Scotland
are held by The National Archives in London. Most service records
of soldiers, sailors and airmen after the Union of Scotland and
England in 1707, ship passenger lists from 1890 and records of immigration
to the United Kingdom are held there.
The National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS)
The NRAS surveys papers held by private individuals and families,
landed estates, clubs and societies, businesses and law firms and
arranges access to them by researchers. The surveys can be consulted
in the National Archives of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.