Local and family history

Falkirk Libraries have a wealth of resources to help you research your family tree, or find out more about local history.

Ancestry: Online family history database

Library members can access Ancestry for free from library computers.

Ancestry is the world's largest online library of family history information, containing thousands of databases and billions of indexed names. There are record collections from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas, as well as census, Birth, Marriages and Deaths, military, immigration and parish records. You can find out more about what is available at www.ancestry.co.uk.

Please note: you can only access Ancestry Library Edition from a library PC. It cannot be accessed on a laptop via library WiFi, or remotely from home.

Books to borrow

If you are just starting your family tree, try borrowing some books on the subject from your local library.

There are also a range of local history publications, which are available for sale and loan.

Browse the library catalogue to see what is available.

Reference records and resources

Most records are kept at Falkirk Library and Grangemouth Library, but if you are looking for something specific it is best to contact the library first. The items below are reference only and cannot be removed from the library:

  • The Census for Falkirk area for 1841 – 1901. The 1881 Census is available at some other libraries on CD ROM. Local indexes are also available.
  • The Old Parish Records (OPRs) for Falkirk area.
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.). An index to the OPRs arranged by county, surname and forename.
  • Family Search covers the whole world, based on same sources as the I.G.I. with US Addenda including living relatives.
  • British Vital Records.
  • Index to the Old Parish Records for Falkirk area.
  • CD-Rom lists of Soldiers who died in World War One and World War Two.
  • Pre 1855 Monumental Inscriptions. We have the East and West Stirlingshire volumes of this incomplete set of plans and transcriptions of graveyards. We also hold Bo'ness graveyard inscriptions.
  • Falkirk Local History Society's journal 'Calatria' has also surveyed local burial grounds.
  • Trade directories Falkirk and Grangemouth have a microfilm copy of local extracts from Slater's Directory from 1867 to 1915. Individual libraries may also have a few street directories for their own towns.
  • Local Newspapers: The Bo'ness Journal, Falkirk Herald and Grangemouth Advertiser are held. We also have some indexes.
  • Other items of interest held in the local history collection include local publications, material on local people, maps, plans and some photographs and postcards.

We can answer any enquiries by e-mail, phone or post.

Contact us

Falkirk Archives
Callendar House
Callendar Park
Falkirk
FK1 1YR

01324 503779
Last updated: 29 April 2015 at 14:51