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Family and local history resources Family and local history resources

What's your story?

Discover the past with free access to historical newspapers and interactive heritage resources.

British Newspaper Archive British Newspaper Archive
Search British and Irish historical newspapers
Capital Collections Capital Collections
Capital Collections is the online image library for Edinburgh Libraries and Museums and Galleries
Edinburgh Collected Edinburgh Collected
Share your Edinburgh Memories on Edinburgh Collected
Family history guide Family history guide
How to research your family tree guide
Find my past Find my past
Family history tracing database
John Johnson John Johnson
John Johnson collection is an online archive of historical printed ephemera
Our Town Stories Our Town Stories
Discover Edinburgh's past through images, stories and maps
Pencils of Light Pencils of Light
Pencils of Light is the photography albums of the Edinburgh Calotype Club
ScotlandsPlaces ScotlandsPlaces
Search for historical records about Scotland's places.
Scotsman Digital Archive Scotsman Digital Archive
The Scotsman digital newspaper archive
Scottish Local History Directory Scottish Local History Directory
The Scottish Local History Directory lists resources and collections
Scran Scran
Search Scran for images, audio and video of Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond.
Whose Town? Whose Town?
Whose Town interactive Edinburgh history resource for schools
World War One resources World War One resources
Edinburgh Libraries online WWI resources
How-to books on family history How-to books on family history
A list of family history guides available from the library
Capital Collections exhibition Capital Collections exhibition
Bill Hall's family story on Capital Collections
A family history case study A family history case study
Read an article about Edinburgh Libraries' genealogical search for Ethel Moir.
Tall Tales - community storytelling Tall Tales - community storytelling