Local Resources

Why use local resources?
Local resources provide a wealth of information and invaluable for those researching local history or their ancestry in Angus and Dundee City.  There are numerous sources of information where you can view resources which you could not find anywhere other than in Angus. You can also benefit from the knowledge of the extremely helpful staff and volunteers at the family and local history centres in the Angus and Dundee areas.

What local resources are available?
There are a number of places you can visit when in Angus researching your ancestry.  Once you have your initial information it is useful to decide what it is you want to know as this will determine where you should visit to find the answer.  For example, is it where your ancestors lived, worked or where they are buried?  What may life have been like for them?

Resources are also held in museums of course, and these can prove both useful and very interesting. You will find a list of museums on our Museums And Visitor Centres page.



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Angus Archives
The Angus Archives are located in a beautiful rural location adjacent to the 12th Century Restenneth Priory near Forfar, which is visible from the research room.  The Archive is a unique collection housing a wide array of written, printed and photographic historical sources. Sources include census, Valuation Roll and trade records as well as
Poor Registers, letters and Edwardian diaries.  The knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to help you.  There is no charge to use the archives when you visit in person.  It is recommended that you contact the Angus Archives in advance to discuss your requirements and reserve a seat so that you can make the most of your visit.

Angus Registrars
The local Registration Offices in Angus and Dundee have computer access to the Birth, Death and Marriage records for the whole of Scotland from 1855.  This can be useful as recent records are protected data so you may not be able to find them online.  Prior to 1855, records of baptisms, marriages, proclamations and burials were made in registers of the local Church of Scotland parish church. The books containing these records were transferred to Edinburgh in 1855.  All local Registration Offices also have access to digitised images of the Old Parish Registers as well as indexes for baptisms and marriages for Scotland. These are extremely simple and quick to access.

Arbroath Registrar. Email: Regarbroath@angus.gov.uk
Dundee Registrar. Email: registrars@dundeecity.gov.uk
Forfar Registrar. Email: Regforfar@angus.gov.uk
Montrose Registrar. Email: Regmontrose@angus.gov.uk


The Tay Valley Family History Society
The Tay Valley Family History Society is staffed by volunteers with a wealth of experience in carrying out family history research and who help and advise novice researchers.  The Society holds a wide range of genealogical and local history material and has gathered a superb collection of records, archives and referencing material relating to the Tay valley area, which includes parts of Perthshire and Fife as well as Angus.

Dundee Family History Centre
The Dundee Family History Centre is based at Dundee’s Central Library.  The Centre offers assisted searches and free internet access so you can carry out your own research from there.  Qualified and experienced Registrars are on hand to help and guide you through the research process.

The Local History Department within the library houses extensive sources which would be of interest to the local or family historian.  For example: maps, directories, photographs, newspapers, Census returns and Old Parish Registers on microfilm. 

Dundee City Archives
The Dundee City Archives hold civic records from 1327 and local private family records from the 15th century, as well as collections of modern maritime and business records from Victorian times.  You are welcome to arrange a visit in person to look at this range of material for the purpose of historical research.

The search room at 1 Shore Terrace is open to members of the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday 9.15am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.15pm.  The search room is on the first floor up two flights of stairs and along a long corridor, however special arrangements can be made for those with walking difficulties.

University of Dundee Archives
The Archive Services at the University of Dundee hold extensive collections which would be of interest to a wide range of researchers.  There are collections relating to the University of Dundee and its predecessors, ecclesiastical collections, business records relating to the Tayside area and, in particular, the jute and linen industries.  Also, medical collections relating to hospitals, asylums and management archives of NHS Tayside, the Dundee medical school and related organisations. There are also collections of local books and newspapers and a photographic collection of over 130,000 images.


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