Family and Local History eResources

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Family and Local History eResources

Discover information and learn skills to help you trace your family history. As well as our range of online resources we have events and courses where we can give you advice. For more information see our Family History website.

Please note: If you have any issue accessing these resources please speak to a member of staff or contact us for support.

 

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Bringing together billions of historical records, millions of family trees, and millions of enthusiastic family researchers, Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource and the best place to build a family tree, find new ancestors, and share discoveries with family.

Access Ancestry in any Glasgow Library

Please note: During the temporary restricted library opening period, we can also offer partial access to Ancestry remotely for library members. Please follow this LINK for access to electoral registers for Glasgow for the years 1857-1962. You will need to create a free registered guest account, providing an email address and password and accepting the terms and conditions of the website. If you are not already a member of Glasgow Libraries you can join online.


Scran hosts thousands of amazing, fully-captioned images, sounds and videos - all related to Scotland and its history - from museums, galleries, and archives including the V&A, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and The Scotsman. Available at the Mitchell Library and Bridgeton Library. Please note: During this temporary closure period, we can offer free remote access to SCRAN for Glasgow Libraries members. If you would like access, please CONTACT US. Please head up your email SCRAN Access, and include your full name and library card membership number. If you are not already a member, you can join online
 


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Find My Past provides access to many original historical documents online, helping you explore records and historical newspapers to find your ancestors and trace your family tree. Available in all Glasgow Libraries with your library card.

Please note: During the temporary restricted library opening period, we can offer full remote access to Find My Past for library members. The publisher has advised that this remote access scheme will remain until September 1, 2021 and temporary remote access accounts will cease. This position is subject to any changes in the easing of coronavirus restrictions. If you would like access, please CONTACT US. Please head up your email Find My Past Access and include your full name and library card membership number. If you are not already a member you can join online. This temporarily includes many of the newspapers that normally appear in the British Newspaper Archive database.


Virtual Mitchell logo over an image of an infant milk depot.

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Our Virtual Mitchell site will bring Glasgow's past to life and is a great place to start researching local history in Glasgow and surrounding areas. There are thousands of photographs featuring Glasgow's buildings and streets as well as people going about their daily lives.