AYRSHIRE, Archives and Libraries
Ayrshire, under the 1960s local government reorganisation of Scotland, became part of the Strathclyde Region which had a number of archives.
The regional archives are the Strathclyde Regional Archives at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The former Strathclyde District Libraries for Cunninghame, Cumnock & Doon, Kilmarnock & Loudon and Kyle & and Carrick, following further reorganisation have been restructured centres serving Ayrshire as a whole as well as three District Archives:
Ayrshire Archive Centre [New address from August 1998.]
Ayrshire KA8 0SS
Tel: 01292 287584
The Centre is open three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The staff prefer researchers to book in advance, although they do not appear to require a lot of notice. The staff have a good reputation for being very helpful to telephone enquirers.
South Ayrshire District
Local Studies and Archives
Main Street, Ayr
Ayrshire KA8 8ED, Scotland
Tel: (01292) 286385; Fax: (01292-611593)
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three microfilm reader/printers available, which can be booked for 2-hour periods, up to 2 weeks in advance. Postal and personal enquiries welcome. Open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9am-7.30pm; Wed & Sat, 9am- 5pm.
North Ayrshire District
Library Headquarters and Archives
39/41 Princes Street, Ardrossan
Ayrshire KA22 8BT, Scotland
Tel: (01294) 469137
The email address is email@example.com
Three microfilm reader/printers available. List of publications available on request. Postal enquiries welcome. Personal callers by appointment. Open: Mon,Tue,Thur, Fri 9am-5pm; Wed closed; Sat 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm.
East Ayrshire District
Local Studies Department
The Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA1 3BU
Tel: (01563) 526401
Leaflet (revised) - "Tracing Your Family Tree - sources in East Ayrshire Libraries". Postal and telephone searches undertaken. No photocopies undertaken due to copyright, but full transcription sent for each successful search. No charges.
Opening times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-8pm; Wed and Sat 9am-5pm.
Baird Institute History Centre and Museum
Mrs Anne Geddes, Heritage Librarian
Lugar Street, Cumnock
Ayrshire KA18 1AD, Scotland
Tel & Fax: (01290) 421701.
There are two microfilm readers, and you can book a half-day session in advance. This location houses the main genealogical sources for the local area, as well as local history collections. No charges. Opening times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am-1pm, 1.30pm- 4.30pm.
The following national archives may be useful to family historians:
SCRAN The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) is a Millennium Project to build a networked multimedia resource base for the study, teaching and appreciation of history and material culture in Scotland. Their website has an easy to use search engine.
Family History Societies
There are a large number of local and family history societies in the county. Dave Killicoat is the secretary of the co-ordinating federation:
Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies
11 Chalmers Road
Ayr KA7 2RQ
Family History Societies covering Ayrshire include:
- Alloway & District FHS
- East Ayrshire FHS
- Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
- Troon & District FHS
- Isle of Arran FHS (no longer functioning).