Archives for family history

Falkirk Archives holds many records which family historians find useful. These include:


There are over 43,000 photographs which show local people and places. Copies can be purchased (subject to copyright). Digital copies of some are on our Collections Browser.

Valuation Rolls and Electoral Registers

Various valuation rolls are held for the local area. They record all the property in an area and the name of the owner and occupant along with the rateable value of the property. They can be used to trace how long a particular family lived at an address.

Cemetery Registers

The Archives hold burial registers for some local cemeteries from about 1880. Cemeteries.pdf Falkirk Council is responsible for 1 crematorium and 12 operational cemeteries, and the maintenance of several churchyards. Enquiries regarding cremations, interments, lair searches and cemetery related matters can be forwarded to Bereavement Services.

Church Records

Records of local Church of Scotland congregations are held in the Archives, including baptismal rolls, marriage proclamation registers, communion rolls and session minutes. Most registers dating from before 1855 were transferred to the General Register Office for Scotland. Church records can be used to find out more about the social history of the area as well as identifying individual ancestors.

School Records

This includes admissions registers, school log books and other miscellaneous documents. Access to some records is restricted for 100 years under the Data Protection Act.

Personal and Family Papers

These collections have personal correspondence and legal papers which can be relevant to family research. Highlights are the extensive Forbes of Callendar Papers and the Russel & Aitken Collection which contain a wealth of information about local families.

Poor Law Records

Unfortunately there are very few poor law registers still in existence for this area. However, minutes and papers of the Parochial Boards and Parish Councils do contain detailed information about a few individuals. Registers of adults are closed for 75 years and registers of children are closed for 100 years under the Data Protection Act.

Contact us

Falkirk Archives
Callendar House
Callendar Park

01324 503779
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Last updated: 11 July 2016 at 12:25