South Lanarkshire Heritage and Genealogy

South Lanarkshire's four main libraries, Hamilton Town House, East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Lanark all have family history and local history resources to help anyone interested in researching their family tree or the history of Lanarkshire and its parishes.


Collections include the census returns from 1841 to 1901, the Old Parochial Registers which recorded births, deaths and marriages from 1553 until 1855, town directories, extensive local newspaper collections, electoral registers, valuation rolls, sasines and commissariat indexes, monumental gravestone inscriptions, burial records and county and burgh records.  Apart from histories of Lanarkshire and surrounding parishes we also have statistical records of all the parishes in Scotland. This treasure trove of information is invaluable to anyone who is interested in delving into their family’s past. Combining this information can form a mosaic of your ancestors life, forming a more complete picture than is possible from simply using online databases.

The above list of records is not a complete list, only a selection from among the wealth of materials available. Each library listed above holds a wide range of material specific to it’s own local area, such as parish registers of births and deaths prior to 1855 but not necessarily a collection covering the whole area of South Lanarkshire.

If you intend to visit to carry out ancestry research, a phone call in advance is often a good idea to check the library you are visiting holds records for the geographical  area you are interested in.

Hamilton Town House library, 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton. 01698 452121


East Kilbride Central library, 40 The Olympia, East Kilbride. 01355 220046


Rutherglen library, 163 Main Street, Rutherglen. 0141 613 5387


Lanark library, 16 Hope Street,  Lanark. 01555 661144


Location: 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton, ML3 6HH

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