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.
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.
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
Findmypast makes original historical documents available to search online, so you can explore a collection of records and historical newspapers to find your ancestors and trace your family tree.
Please note: Glasgow Life is pleased to let all our customers know that the remote access accounts for public library customers to Find My Past are now available again. During the temporary library closure period, we can offer full remote access to Find My Past for library members. 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.
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.