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Local archives

We hold records that tell the story of over 600 years of Dumfries and Galloway's history. These include official records and those of individuals, families, businesses and institutions.

One of the most popular uses of our archives is for family history and genealogy research . There is a wealth of information available in Dumfries and Galloway to help you find out more about your family's history and trace your ancestors.

Check for records

Find out what records we hold in the local archives using our online catalogue:

We hold three major groups of records:

  • Dumfries and Galloway Council and its predecessors, from 1425 onwards
  • Dumfries and Galloway Health Board and its predecessors, from 1775 onwards
  • Gifts and deposits, from 1418 onwards

Visiting the archives

Anyone can visit the local archives for free. 

Local Studies and Archives is open for prebooked visits - Monday and Friday 10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm.

To make an appointment and request the items you wish to view call 01387 260285 between 12noon and 4pm.

Our staff will help you to handle the records appropriately and to interpret and read handwriting if needed. Pens and paper are also provided for taking notes.

How to find us

Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries, DG1 1JB

Disabled parking is available.

Help with your research

Staff will be able to help you with some basic research work during your visit but we also provide a full research service.  Our researcher can help with more detailed or extensive research for a fee, with prices available on request.

Book a consultation with the researcher to talk about your research and get support searching records. We can also provide reports and photocopies of any relevant records or transcriptions through our written research service if you are unable to visit us. There may be some additional charges for postage and copies if necessary.

Call 01387 260301 or email to discuss your requirements. We can put together a fully costed research agreement for your consideration.

Page last updated: 03/06/2021
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