Interested in finding out more about your heritage? Whether it is about your family or where you live start your search through the many free online and physical resources held by South Lanarkshire Libraries to use in the library or from home. All of our libraries offer free wifi or, if you don't have access to a mobile phone or tablet, use one of the bookable ActiveIT PCs. Remember you need to be a library member so join now.
Discover your family's story by searching the billions of records held on the Find My Past website, a subscription site which is free to use in your local library, or the International Genealogy Index (IGI), which you can use at home.
For access to local archives information South Lanarkshire Council offer a Family history service. Full details of what they offer is available on their Family history and genealogy page as well as comprehensive guidance on how to get started.
If you would like some help getting started ask the library staff or, for a small charge, sign up for one of our Family History courses.
SLLC libraries have joined with SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) to offer free digital access to over 370,000 photographs, moving images and sounds, from museums, galleries, archives and the media. All you need is your library membership number. Get started by visiting the SCRAN website.
British Newspaper Archive
Library members have access to millions of pages of newspapers in the British Newspaper Archive. Register for free on a library PC.
Enter your details including your email address in the Tell us About Yourself section and select Get Started. A verification will be sent to your email address. Keep a record of your password as you will need to sign-in next time you search. That’s it! You can start searching!
All the articles you view will be kept in your Saved area. Here you can create folders for different articles and categorise them however you like.
You can access your saved area from home by visiting the British Newspaper Archive.
You will need to visit your library to carry out any new research.
We can help you with your research in both our Libraries and Museum services.
Basic enquiries would be free to South Lanarkshire residents. For more information see contacts below:
- Hamilton Town House Library, Reference Department, tel:01698 452121
- East Kilbride Central Library, Reference Department, tel:01355 220046
- Rutherglen Library, Reference Department, tel:0141 613 5380
- Lanark Library, Reference Department, tel:01555 661144
Why not visit Low Parks Museum to enjoy the collections in person? Discover what it was like to live and work in Lanarkshire in years gone by as well as experiencing the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) exhibition first hand.
If you wish to enquire about museum collections or Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) records please go to museum enquiries.
Other museums and heritage groups hold even more heritage information and artifacts throughout the area. Find out more by following the links below:
- Clydesdale's Heritage
- The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
- The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn
- Lanarkshire Family History Society
- Stonehouse Heritage