Useful links - archives
Stirling Council Library Service: Local History Collection
For microfilm copies of Old Parish Registers (births, marriages and – sometimes – burials in the period before 1855), and Census Enumerators’ Returns between 1841 and 1891, for parishes within the Stirling Council area. Also for published works relating to the Stirling Council Area.
Central Reference Library
Corn Exchange Road
Stirling FK8 2HX
Tel: 01786 432106
Fax: 01786 473094
For family history and records of births, marriages and deaths from 1855 to the present. All computerised offices have access to records for the whole of Scotland including old parish registers from 1553 to 1854 and access to the available census records.
Customer First Stirling
1-5 Port Street
Tel: 01786 233961
The Scottish Archive Network
is an electronic network and search room linking the catalogues of nearly 50 Scottish archives opening up Scotland's archives to the world.
When you go into this site it's possible to do a search for more Stirling Council archives.
Use the search button on the left hand side of the page.
Then on the field name Repository, drop down and find Stirling Council archives. This will give fuller listings.
Forth Naturalist and Historian
The Forth Naturalist and Historian (FNH) is an informal body concerned with the natural and social history of central Scotland. The website of the FNH contains the content of its principal publication, The Annual Journal of the Forth Naturalist and Historian, from 1993 onwards. In addition you will find information about other FNH publications and the annual symposium.
c/o Neville Dix,
7 Laurelhill Place
Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Stirling FK8 2RQ
Tel: 01786 471917
Fax: 01786 449523
Pont map of Stirling (16th Century)
The earliest surviving detailed maps of Scotland are probably those made by Timothy Pont during the late 16th century. Today 38 maps survive, one of them covering Stirling and the surrounding area. The National Library of Scotland made all Pont's surviving maps available on-line to make them accessible to a wide audience.
- National Archives Scotland & UK
- National Records of Scotland
The National Archives, Kew
- National Library of Scotland
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is the government agency that records, interprets and guards the historical sites, monuments and buildings of Scotland. The National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS), maintained by the RCAHMS, is a valuable source for researchers. A searchable database of the National Monuments Record of Scotland provides information on architectural, archaeological and maritime sites throughout Scotland, along with an index to the archive collections held in the NMRS.
General Register Office for Scotland
The General Register office for Scotland has now been combined with the former National Archives of Scotland to form the National Records of Scotland, see above.
For online access to the records of civil registration, census returns, wills and church records you should visit the Scotland's People website.
GENUKI is a virtual reference library of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.
Historical Manuscripts Commission
The web site of the Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) contains indexes to the National Register of Archives (NRA). From here you can access information on all repositories in the United Kingdom and all those repositories throughout the world, which have collections of manuscripts which are noted in the indexes to the NRA. The indexes to the NRA may be consulted freely through the HMC web site.
The Archives Hub is a service which provides free access for everyone to information about archives available for research in the UK's universities and colleges.