Family History

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

Father and daughterThe West Lothian Local History is currently closed

  • 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