How to research your ancestry

If you are looking to research your ancestry through property ownership we might be able to help.

We can only provide information on people who owned property.

If your ancestor was a tenant, we will be unlikely to hold information on them.

What we need

To conduct a historical ownership search we need:

  • the address of the property
  • the date range you want to search
  • whether you want all previous owners within the date range

It would also help if you could give us the name of your ancestor.


Our searchable records go back to the mid-1870s, but we can go further back than this in some cases.

If you are looking for information on ancestors from earlier than the mid-1870s, results will be more indicative than definitive.

To begin the process, you can complete our ownership search form.


We introduced our crofting register in 2012. This means we hold very limited historical information on crofts.

Search the crofting register.

Other resources

National Records of Scotland - can provide birth, death and marriage certificates.

Scotland's people - official site for searching government records and archives.

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