Family History

West Lothian Local History Library is the best starting point for your family history research

Father and daughterThe West Lothian Local History Library holds lots of family information for West Lothian and further afield

  • valuation rolls 1855 to the present
  • voters' rolls 1869 to the present
  • census records 1841-1901
  • local newspapers dating back to 1873, searchable in the newspaper index
  • index to birth, marriage and death notices in the West Lothian Courier 1873-1930
  • old parish records
  • pre-1855 monumental inscriptions (MIs)
  • International Genealogical Index for Scotland and Ireland (IGI)
  • poll and hearth tax records, 1690s
  • index to the 1891 census for all of Scotland
  • some kirk session records
  • Confirmations and Inventories 1876-1933 for Scotland (summaries of wills)
  • sources of information on First World War casualties

How we can help you

  • we'll get you started even if you've never done any genealogy before
  • we offer free internet access
  • Search the index to the three main local newspapers.
  • Free drop-in family history advice service by the West Lothian Family History Society  Wed and Fri 11am - 3pm

Come in and browse - no appointment necessary

West Lothian Archives and Records Centre also holds family history sources:

  • Some school records
  • Poor relief records
  • A range of company, council and private archives