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Family History

West Lothian Local History Library is the best starting point for your family history research

Father and daughter

  • valuation rolls 1855 to the present
  • voters' rolls 1869 to the present
  • census records 1841-1901
  • local newspapers dating back to 1873, searchable in the newspaper index (opens new window)
  • index to birth, marriage and death notices in the West Lothian Courier 1873-1930
  • old parish records
  • pre-1855 monumental inscriptions (MIs)
  • International Genealogical Index for Scotland and Ireland (IGI)
  • poll and hearth tax records, 1690s
  • index to the 1891 census for all of Scotland
  • some kirk session records
  • Confirmations and Inventories 1876-1933 for Scotland (summaries of wills)
  • sources of information on First World War casualties

How we can help you

Come in and browse - no appointment necessary

West Lothian Archives and Records Centre also holds family history sources:

  • Some school records
  • Poor relief records
  • A range of company, council and private archives