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Update: 14 September 2022

State Funeral - additional Public Holiday 2022

Further to the sad announcement last Thursday of the death of our monarch HRH Queen Elizabeth II, an additional Public Holiday has been granted for a day of National Mourning on Monday 19 September 2022 when the State Funeral will take place.

Bookings made for the Genealogy centre on this date will unfortunately now need to be cancelled and will require to be re-arranged as necessary.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers at this time.

The centre is now open Monday and Tuesdays only.  We will also be open one Saturday per month, with the exception of Public Holidays.

Spaces will be by strict appointment only and bookings can be made by calling 0141 287 7655. Saturday booking information is available below.

Please note we are receiving an exceptionally high volume of emails at this time so it is advisable to book by phone and please also refer to the information on this page for details about our service.

Glasgow City Council now operates a cashless system. Payment on the day can be made by Debit or Credit card only.  Apple pay is also available.

We look forward to welcoming back all of our regular and new visitors to the centre and thank you for your continued patience and support.

What is it?

Researching your family tree is now easier in Glasgow. You can now use the ScotlandsPeople system to search millions of Scottish records at our Genealogy Centre.

Where is the Genealogy Centre?

The Genealogy Centre is located at:-

Fifth floor
Mitchell Library
North Street 
Glasgow

The facility is run by Glasgow Registration Service.

This location will allow easier access to other resources available within the Mitchell Library that may be of interest to those searching their family history.

When is it open?

Hours of Opening are 9.30am - 4.00pm Monday and Tuesday only (except Public Holidays). 

The centre will also be open one Saturday per month (except Public Holidays) and bookings can be made for this using our enquiry form on this page.

Next Saturday dates 3 September; 1 October; 5 November and 3 December.

How do I book an appointment?

Please telephone the Registrar's appointment line on 0141 287 7655.  The line is open Monday - Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Saturday bookings can be made by completing the enquiry form on this page.  Saturday dates will normally fall on the first Saturday of the month, with the exception of Public Holidays.

Next Saturday dates 3 September; 1 October; 5 November and 3 December.

How much does it cost?

The current fee per person is £15.00 per day or part thereof. Payment on the day can be made by Debit or Credit card only.  Apple pay is also available.

Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to use the facilities in the Genealogy Centre.

Where a person is to be accompanied by a carer, the carer will be admitted free of charge to provide assistance. Please contact the centre for further information.

The system in operation is one whereby the client has to do all the research by themselves. The member of staff in attendance will demonstrate how to use and make the most of the facilities available for use. Please note the more accurate background information that you have the more likely it is that you will succeed in your research.

What records/sources are available?

We are happy to bring the Scotland's People package to our Genealogy Centre as part of our working partnership with National Records of Scotland.

Please be aware that computer access in our centre is for Scotlandspeople use only-no other websites will be available during your visit. 

On arrival you will be allocated a computer station for your own exclusive use.

Available records include:-

  • Statutory Birth, Death & Marriage Records for the whole of Scotland (1855 - present)
  • Civil Partnership records (2005 - present)
  • Scottish Divorces (Index only) (1984 - present)
  • Old Parochial Records (1553 - 1854)
  • Census including Street indexes (1841 - 1911)
  • Catholic Registers
  • Wills and Testaments (1513-1925)
  • Soldiers Wills (1857-1966)
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Military Tribunals (1916-1918)

Other Resources Available

The Mitchell Library is one of Glasgow Life's iconic venues, providing lending, reference and archival materials across all subject areas including many records and resources to support the family historian. These materials are concentrated in the Family History Centre and the City Archives on level 5 of The Mitchell. We work in partnership with Glasgow Life to offer family history researchers one-stop shop access to a vast array of resources to discover how your Scottish ancestors lived their lives. Our web-link provided below will give you more information on our opening hours and how to access our services.

Please note Archives is currently closed on a Monday.

http://www.glasgowfamilyhistory.org.uk/

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