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Help and advice for Perthshire

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

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Archives and Libraries

There are a number of local libraries and archives which serve Perthshire or have a degree of Perthshire content

There are some with a narrower focus:

  • Blair Castle Archive, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TL.
    This is a private archive relating the Atholl estates.  They do offer help with tracing ancestry as their records cover people who worked on the estate or rented land at various periods in time.  They do charge a small fee for the research which is stated on their page.

  • Dunkeld Cathedral Chapter House Museum.


  • Mitchell, J. F. & Mitchell, S., Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in North Perthshire and Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in South Perthshire (1975 and 1974, Scottish Genealogy Society).

    A new edition has been printed, with corrections, as a 4 volume set, available from Tay Valley FHS, the Scottish Genealogy Society and others.

  • Monumental Inscriptions are being collected by Tay Valley FHS, who are also involved in the Scottish National Burial Index.

  • A detailed breakdown of the location of burial records held by Perth & Kinross Council.


There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. The earliest for practical purposes is usually 1841 and the latest that is currently available is for 1911. Scottish census returns are held by the Registrar General.

Microfilm copies are held locally by Tay Valley FHS, the LDS Family History Centre, Dundee, and A K Bell Library, Perth and can also be ordered at LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Indexes and images for census records from 1841 to 1911 are available and searchable online at Scotland's People.

Church Records

Old Parish Registers for Church of Scotland congregations are are held by the Registrar General. Microfilm copies are held locally by Tay Valley FHS, the LDS Family History Centre, Dundee, and A K Bell Library, Perth and can also be ordered at LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Kirk Session records (Church of Scotland) are with the National Archives of Scotland, although parts are sometimes on OPR microfilms.

Non-Church of Scotland Registers are more problematic. Some may be found in Perth & Kinross Archive or in the National Archives of Scotland. It is often worth doing a search at the National Register of Archives for specific localities.

For information on records for a particular parish, please see the appropriate parish page.

Perthshire Parish Records on the British Birth, Marriage and Death records website has more parish information for the area.

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. Certificates are held by the Registrar General and can also be ordered through Scotland's People.

Court Records

Sheriff Court Records for Perthshire fall under either Perth or Dunblane and are held by the National Archives of Scotland:

  • Perth: Ref. SC.49
  • Dunblane: Ref. SC.44

A variety of local court records are held by Perth & Kinross Archive.

Records of sasines, testaments, inventories etc. are held at the National Archives of Scotland.

Description and Travel

  • The Visit Scotland has a comprehensive guide to the county.

  • Undiscovered Scotland has a collection of information about the area, including accomodation, local business and places of interest. Click on place names on the map to home in.

  • The National Trust for Scotland manages these places of interest in Perthshire.

  • Balquidder Kirk is a lovely old church built near the ruins of the original church.  It has been a place of worship for members of Clan MacLaren for the past 900 years and is also the location of the grave of Rob Roy and some of his family.

Emigration and Immigration

  • These articles or short essays, on Scots migrants & emigrants and other topics, include people from Perthshire.

  • These accounts by emigrants to Canada in 1842 include a number by people formerly of Perthshire.

  • Perth County Pioneers has accounts of former tenants of the Breadalbane estate.



Historical Geography

See Regalities and Baronies for more information about Perthshire's history of geographical boundaries.


Land and Property

  • Most major records relating to land ownership are held nationally, so look at the entry on the main Scotland page.

  • Perth & Kinross Archive hold a range of different records relating to local property.



Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

According to the Family Search wiki page, there were three poorhouses in the Perthshire area.  There is a general page that has informationi about workhouses in the UK and that can be found here.