Family History Highland Archive

The Highland Family History Centre at Inverness

If you are interested in family history and have ancestors that come from the Inverness and Highland area the Highland Family History Centre is a fabulous resource available to you. The Centre is located within the Highland Archive and Registration Centre on Bught Road in Inverness, near the Inverness Leisure pool.

You can come in and do your research with expert staff to assist or they will do the work for you if you live farther afield. There are fees for certain things, but at a very reasonable rate, when you need assistance or copies or reproductions produced.

The Family History Centre in Inverness is open to all free of charge. An integral part of the Highland Archive Service, a facility dedicated to all aspects of genealogy, clan history, and family history throughout the Highlands and the wider world.

The Highland Family History Service is on the 1st floor, access via stairs or lift. It holds and makes available records which may be of assistance to the family historian. Staff are available to offer general advice, answer enquiries and undertake more detailed research and consultations when required. One to one consultations are available with staff experienced in genealogical research.

Members of the Highland Family History Society are available to help family history researchers on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4.30pm. www.highlandfamilyhistorysociety.org

The Family History Centre offers researchers access to the following types of records:-

  • Census Returns on microfilm for the Counties of Argyll, Caithness, Inverness, Nairn, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland (including the Western Isles), Orkney and Shetland are available for the period 1841 to 1901.
  • The Old Parish Registers recording births/ baptisms, marriages and some burials, are available on microfilm for all parishes within the counties of Argyll, Caithness, Inverness, Nairn, Ross & Cromarty, and Sutherland (including the Western Isles). The registers survive from various periods from the 17th century onwards but most end in 1854.
  • Gravestone Inscriptions are available for many burial grounds in the Highlands.Reference books relating to Scottish families and Highland clans are available on the open shelves in the Family History Centre for researchers to consult.

Opening Hours:- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 10am-5pm Wednesday 10am-7.30pm