The Council keeps archives of documents relating to the local area. Information of local interest is often donated, bequeathed or loaned to the Archive Centre by local residents and historians.

Our resources

Our resources form the largest collection of Dumfries and Galloway material in the World:

  • Census Returns for all the parishes of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire 1841 - 1891.
  • Old Parochial Registers for all the above parishes.
  • Local Newspapers from 1777, many of them fully indexed by ourselves.
  • Monumental Inscriptions from graveyards throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Valuation, assessment and voting rolls. Kirk Session, Presbytery and Non-Conformist Church records.
  • Poor and Parochial Board records.
  • Sasine registers, indexes and abridgements, for Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire from 1617.
  • Court Records - Burgh and Justice of the Peace, Jail Books, Bail Bond Registers, Indictment books etc from 1506.
  • Burgh and Country records - administrative, fiscal and financial from the 16th century.
  • School Log Books, Class Registers and School Board records.
  • Motor Vehicle Licensing Registers for Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire from 1904.
  • Roads and Militia records from 1667.
  • Estate and family papers from the 15th century onwards.
  • Local clubs, societies, businesses and trades records.
  • Maps and Plans from as long ago as 1654.
  • 20,000+ local photographs ranging from the mid 19th century to the 1990's.
  • 12,000+ architectural drawings.
  • Unique 80,000 strong Dumfries and Galloway Collection of published books, pamphlets, research notes and ephemera.
  • Over 280,000 microfiche records of local material from Dumfries and Galloway.

Before you visit us, you can check the online archive catalogue to identify the records available through the Archives which you may wish to see.

Your archive visit

Anyone can visit the archive search room and local studies area at the Ewart Library in Dumfries. It is free to visit and there is usually no need to make an appointment.

Opening times for the archive search room

Tuesday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 7.00pm
Thursday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Friday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (First Saturday in month only)

Opening times for the local studies area

Monday:8.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday:9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday:9.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday:9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday:9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday:10.00am - 4.00pm

Need help with your research?

Our qualified and experienced staff can help you with family or other research work using our resources. Call 01387 260285 or email libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk to receive a no obligation assessment of what research could be undertaken and a quote for this work. The hourly rate is £21 per hour excluding VAT.

Other research resources

There are a number of organizations that can help with local research.

Related Information

Contact Details


Archive Centre

Archives Research Room
Ewart Library
Catherine Street

Tel: 01387 260285
Fax: 01387 260294
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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