In Scotland, the Dundee City Archives has some free family history records available for download as well as many records which are on-site only.

Useful links for Dundee

Official Records

  • Council account books, 1586 to 1986

  • Tayside Regional Council Minutes 1975-1996, please choose a PDF from the list below (please note: only 2 years have been indexed online to date):

    • 1994-1995 – compiled by Ania Piskorz 2013

    • 1995-1996 (313KB MS Excel doc) – compiled by Rachael Read 2010

  • Shipping registers, 1580 to 1713

  • Cess books, 1826 to 1896

  • School Board / Education Authority / Education Committee minutes: log books and registers of closed schools, c 1864 to 1985

  • Dundee Police Board / Police Commissioners Minutes, 1824 to 1894

  • Duplicate parliamentary plans of street tramway, water and gas improvements, 1870 to 1966

  • Broughty Ferry Police Commissioners / Town Council minutes, 1877 to 1913

  • Chief Sanitary Inspector, photographs of slum dwellings in the 1920’s.

  • Valuation Rolls, 1826 to 1990

  • Dundee Burgh Laws 1551 – 1694

  • Charter by Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland, to Alexander Scrymgeour, Constable of Dundee, 1298

  • Confirmation Charter of King Robert I (The Bruce) in 1327

  • The process of the Papal Court of 1513

  • Register of the Dundee Burgh and Head Court, 29 September 1558

  • The Licence by Mary Queen of Scots in 1564

  • Burgh Treasurer’s accounts 1590

  • A drawing in the Protocol Book, 1589 to 1592, of Alexander Wedderburn

  • Letter in exile from Charles II to the Town Clerk in 1649

  • Order of the Cromwellian General George Monck in 1657

  • Declaration of death of William Henry Bury 1889

  • Lockit Book

Church, Customs, and Court Records

  • Dundee Presbytery, 1633-1980

  • Justices of the Peace for the County of the City of Dundee, 1894-1975

  • Justices of the Peace for the County of Angus, 1791-1974

  • Customs records: Dundee Outport, 1708-1945

  • Customs records: Montrose Outport, 1707-1929

  • Montrose and Arbroath Fishery Offices, 1819-1966

  • Dundee Burgh Registers of Sasines, 1639-1812

  • Dundee Burgh Protocol books, 1571-1608

  • Calendars of Confirmation and Inventories, 1876-1936

  • Dundee and Forfar Sheriff Courts – duplicate plans, c 1837-c1951

  • Friends of Dundee City Archives – Publications

Family, Estate and other private records

Maps and Ordnance Survey Plans

  • Survey by James Collie

  • Ordnance Survey Maps 1871 and 1901

  • Town Details, Ordnance Survey Forfarshire

  • Slum Dwellings – photo gallery

  • Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Company – photo gallery of cashbook

  • Proposals by James Thomson, City Engineer – photo gallery

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