Research Centre Resources
1841 - all 3 counties in booklet form - individual parishes, all in surname order, not as enumerated. This census is available in fiche form at main libraries across the region
1851 – all DFS parishes in individual hard copies, indexed and as enumerated plus a DFS index.
1851 census is available in fiche form at main libraries across the region and free online at http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/historicalindexes/census.aspx
Surname indexes also available in hard copy at the Ewart Library, Dumfries.
1861 – all D&G parishes, on film, some DFS parishes are indexed (see parish boxes).
1871 - all D&G parishes, on film, none indexed
1881 – all Scotland, England, Wales on computer
1891 - all D&G parishes, on film, index on fiche
1901 - all D&G parishes, on film, index (for all Scotland) on computer
OPR births & marriages indexes, all D&G parishes and Ayrshire parishes
Nithsdale cemetery inscriptions, all indexed – Glencairn, Troqueer, New Abbey, Kirkbean, Southwick, Caerlaverock, Terregles, Kirkmichael, Kirkmahoe, Keir, Keir Old, Morton, Greenhead, Durrisdeer, Tynron, Sanquhar, Dumfries (some).
Burials in Northumberland 1813-1837
Northern Forebears – owners of Land in Scotland 1873-1874
New Zealand Scots Obituaries
Ayrshire Place names 1775-2000
Ardrossan Poor applications 1851900
New Zealand assisted passenger list
Glasgow University Graduates 1727-1897
1891 census index all D&G parishes
1891 census shipping records
1881 census – now superseded by computer version
IGI 1982 version – all Scottish counties, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cumberland, Lancashire, Northumberland, Cumbria N.B. IGI is online at www.familysearch.org
Newspapers – Dumfries from 1779-1930; Wigtown Free Press from 1843-1925
1861, 1871, 1891, 1901 census all D&G parishes
OPRs all D&G parishes
Our library has a good selection of books on local and family history and maps old and modern. Contents of library are listed on the computer and on card system listed by author’s name and subject.
Most graveyards in D&G have been surveyed and can be seen in hard copy in our library – exceptions are a few in Wigtownshire, currently being recorded.
Some Nithsdale ones on fiche, indexed – Glencairn, Troqueer, New Abbey, Kirkbean, Southwick, Caerlaverock, Terregles, Kirkmichael, Kirkmahoe, Keir, Keir Old, Morton, Greenhead, Durrisdeer, Tynron, Sanquhar, Dumfries (some).
For those that are for sale see publications list and shop shelves.
MI database on computer
Some MIs from elsewhere, mainly Ayrshire, are in library – see library cards
There is a complete set of our own newsletters in binders on top shelf of the library. Back numbers can be purchased, if still available.
Current newsletters from other Scottish FHS and some English and overseas FHS are stored in library.
Dumfries Standard and other Dumfries papers from 1777-1930 on fiche
Wigtown Free Press from 1843-1925 on fiche.
Indexes to newspapers in hard copy in library
Old Parish Registers
All D&G parishes on microfilm.
Indexes to births/baptisms & marriages on fiche to D & G and Ayrshire parishes
Indexes to deaths/burials – ongoing project, booklet form – see publications list for parishes, currently only DFS.
In the library all parishes have a box containing small items (newspaper articles, photos, small booklets etc) concerning that parish.
1881 census CD set
Vital Records CD set - births and marriages usually not found on IGI
1901 census index for whole of Scotland
Internet Access to Scotlandspeople
We are no longer able to offer members Scotlandspeople Credits Vouchers. See the SP website for a video detailing the the main changes to their services. Go to: https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/exploring-new-site