Based in Edinburgh, the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) exists to select, preserve, and make available the national archives of Scotland in whatever medium, to the highest standards; to promote the growth and maintenance of proper archive provision throughout the country; and to lead the development of archival practice in Scotland.
The NAS also holds historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies. Every year tens of thousands of people from all over the world use the NAS's services to carry out research, seek advice on record keeping, and enhance the learning and teaching of history.
The St. Louis Genealogical Society promotes family history research by providing educational and research opportunities, offering community services, and collecting, preserving, and publishing genealogical and historical records.
The St. Louis Genealogical Society is the largest local genealogical society in the nation. It is renowned in genealogical circles for its excellence in programming, resources, and membership services.
We are a Scottish Genealogy Company researching for over 20 years into Scottish Ancestry. We are based in Central Scotland and conduct all of our research out of New Register House in Edinburgh. We offer different packages to suit specific needs and budgets to bring your families past alive.
You may ask questions in our forum under the topic of Genealogy (click the link above to go to our forum). Scottish ancestry or Ulster-Scot (Scots-Irish) ancestry can be hard to trace. Some of the records were lost forever because they were destroyed in a fire in Ireland or if your ancestor was from the Scottish Highlands, the records may not have been kept very well or they were destroyed by enemies. If this is the case, the best way to track down your ancestors will be to search through kirk (church) or parish records. In order to do this, you will have to know precisely where your ancestor was from. If you ancestor was from the Lowlands of Scotland, your search should be a little easier because better records were kept and many still survive.
Also, if your surname matches one of our Clan surnames or a family (Sept) that belongs to one of our Clans, you may want to contact the local representative of your Clan through our Clans Page. Every one of our Clan representatives are genealogists and historians. They may not be able to tell you anything specific about your ancestor, but they can tell you about their history and culture. They can paint a picture of how they actually lived. You will probably come away with many colorful stories that will give you pride in your Clan and heritage. You will also find that many of the Clans have their own DNA projects. With the scarcity of documents, this may be your best way to chart your Scottish ancestry.