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Wednesday 22 February 2017


The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) have created guides to help users find the information they need on particular collections of records, e.g. court or adoption records, or topics, e.g. crime and criminals.

If you can't find what you are looking for, try the record guides directory.

Adoption records Inheriting land and buildings
Buildings Justice of the peace records
Burgh records IRS survey maps and field books
Canal records Lighthouses
Chancery records Military records
Coal mining records Private papers
Commissary court records Privy Council records
Company Registration records Privy Seal records
Court of Session – Introduction to processes Published record sources
Court of Session – Unextracted processes Railway records
Court of Session – Extracted processes Records of the poor
Court of Session – Other series Sasines
Court of Session – Sequestrations Scottish government records after 1707
Crafts and trades Scottish Parliament records
Crime and Criminals Sheriff court records
Customs and excise records Shipbuilding records
Deeds Slavery and the slave trade
Divorce records Soldiers' and airmen's wills
Education records State papers
Emigration Taxation
Estate records Topographical, architectural and engineering plans
Exchequer records Valuation rolls
Fatal Accident Inquiry Records Wills And Testaments
High Court Criminal Trials  
Index of legal terms and offences libelled

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