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Family History

There are many ways the Highland Archive Service can help you with your Family History research goals.

The Family History Room is located on the first floor of the Highland Archive Centre at Bught Road, Inverness. The room contains a variety of resources which will be of use to the family historian who is researching Highland roots.

The staff in the family history room are experts in the field of Highland and Scottish genealogy:  their expertise can be accessed either in person through our one to one consultation service, or via remote enquiry.

  • Remote Enquiries – our staff can undertake research on your behalf and produce Family Trees for you. Research is charged at £33 per hour, plus extra for copies or certificates.
  • One-to-one Consultations – you can have a virtual or in-person consultation with the Family Historian to discuss and progress your research. Consultations are charged at £33 per hour, plus extra for copies or certificates. Specific times for consultations can be discussed for international customers. To arrange a consultation please email [email protected]
  • Family History Classes – Family History for Beginners classes and Advanced Family History classes are run several times a year by the Family Historian, and are now run virtually over Zoom. Classes cover various core records of Family History research. This includes Old Parish Records, Census Records, Statutory Records and a brief introduction to Archival Records. The Family Historian also offers real examples of research, live demonstrations of online resources and a chance to get your own research questions answered. 

To purchase research time with our family historian or family history gift vouchers select the relevant button below.


Click the image opposite to download a free family chart and start your journey of discovery. 

If you have any questions about how we can help with your Family History research, you can get in touch at [email protected] or call 01349 781130.

Scotlands People

The Family History room in Highland Archive Centre is also the only venue in the Highlands with direct access to ScotandsPeople Network, which provides access to a wealth of historic records from across the whole of Scotland including Census Returns from 1841 to 1911; Old Parish Registers up to 1854; and Births, Marriages and Deaths (from January 1855).

There are currently 4 available spaces each day on Tuesdays and Thursdays  which can be booked daily at a cost of £20 per day and copies of historic images can be printed for a small fee. To book please contact Inverness Registrars on 01349 781131 or email [email protected].

Highland Family History Society

The Highland Family History Society is based in the Family History Room at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness. Members are advised to ring on the intended day of their visit to ensure that a volunteer from the Society will be available. Tel: 01349 781130 or contact them through their website.