Investigative Work

Researching your Family History can be fascinating. Following the initial work of tracking down ancestors, some of the real fun can be investigating the types of work they did or the community in which they lived.

The increased interest in this type of research has resulted in huge amounts of information in print and online. Stirling Libraries can help support your research by giving you access to our collections and assistance where required.

Resources available at the Central Reference Library on the first floor of Central Library in Stirling include:

Books and Pamphlets

  • A small collection of Family History books offering information about how to conduct family history research, along with Gazetteers and Family History Magazines.
  • A Local History Collection containing works relating to the Stirling area from the 18th Century onwards, providing information on areas such as Local Industries and Churches.

Old Parish Records 1553 - 1854

  • Old Parish Records of the Established Church of Scotland are available on microfilm.
  • These contain records of baptisms, marriage banns and burials, complied by Parish ministers prior to1855 and cover what was Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and parts of Perthshire.

Microfiche Indices - Old Parish Registers

  • Births and marriages from Clackmannanshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire

Census Records 1841 - 1901

  • A census has been held every 10 years since 1841 (except 1941). We hold census records for between 1841 and 1901 (Scottish records are only released after 100 years).
  • Available on microfilm, Census records list those present in each property on the night of the census –providing valuable information to help with your research.

Street and Trade Directories 1869 - 1932

  • We hold Street Directories, from 1865, which provides an alphabetical listing (similar to that of a modern-day phonebook) of those living within a particular area – these may also include business listings or advertisements.
  • These directories were historically produced more frequently than census records and are therefore often used for family or local history research. Some of these are available online in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.

Newspapers  Stirling Journal 1820 - 1970 & Stirling Observer 1834 - present

  • We hold a large newspaper collection dating back to the1820s.
  • This collection is helpful in sourcing events which have not been recorded elsewhere, including obituaries, reports on court cases, local business adverts and local news. Better yet, these are available on microfilm.

Valuation Rolls - 1855 - 1975

For the Burgh of Stirling.  For each property, they record the name and designation of the proprietor, the tenant and the annual rateable value.


A collection of maps fo the 19th and 20th centuries including large scale maps for the Stirlingshire area and geological maps.

Monumental Inscriptions

List of monumental inscriptions for Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and West Perthshire.  Old Kirkyard at Logie in stones survey and images.

Stirling Burial Index

Stirling old cemetery 1819 - 1854


Our Archive Service can let you see a wide selection of Family History records, including Church records, Education and School records and Poor Law authorities.

Registrars Service

You can book an assisted search with a Registrar, giving you access to Old Parish Registers, Scotland's Census records and Civil Partnership records from 2005. Registrars can also provide access to birth, death and marriage registration records for the whole of Scotland from 1855.

You can book a search for one hour or more There is a charge for these services. For more information call 01786 233961 or email us

Computer and Internet Access

Access available on PCs free of charge in all community libraries. Wifi is also available free.


A history and culture site which lets you learn by directly accessing images, movies and sound

Statistical Accounts

Statistical Accounts of Scotland which cover the 1790s and the 1830s are amongst the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe.

For more information contact the Central Reference Library or visit your local library.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:51 PM