Local and family history resources

What's your story?

Discover the past with free access to historical newspapers, genealogical databases, picture archives and interactive heritage resources.




British Newspaper Archive

Search British and Irish historical newspapers

Capital Collections

Capital Collections is the online image library for Edinburgh Libraries and Museums and Galleries

Edinburgh Collected

Share your Edinburgh Memories on Edinburgh Collected

Family history guide

How to research your family tree guide

John Johnson

John Johnson collection is an online archive of historical printed ephemera

Our Town Stories

Discover Edinburgh's past through images, stories and maps

Pencils of Light

Pencils of Light is the photography albums of the Edinburgh Calotype Club

ReDrawing Edinburgh


Search for historical records about Scotland's places.

Scotsman Digital Archive

The Scotsman digital newspaper archive

Scottish Local History Directory

The Scottish Local History Directory lists resources and collections


Search Scran for images, audio and video of Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond.

Whose Town?

Whose Town interactive Edinburgh history resource for schools

World War One resources

Edinburgh Libraries online WWI resources


Digital help sessions

Family history research centres

How-to books on family history

A list of family history guides available from the library

How-to books on house history

A family history case study

Read an article about Edinburgh Libraries' genealogical search for Ethel Moir.