Member Benefits

Welcome to the website of the
Tay Valley Family History Society

TVFHS Research Centre is located on the east coast of Scotland, at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee, and remains one of the principal centres of Family History Research in the Tay Valley area, which comprises the counties of Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire.

Tay Valley Family History Society has a continuing strong worldwide membership, and is a member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS).

Membership benefits.

Benefits include a new member’s joining pack, with guidance on beginning your family history research in the Tay Valley area; The Tay Valley Family Historian three times per year; access to information to assist your research. Read More >

Do you want to get back to your roots?

Find out how by attending one of our beginners' classes.
For more information, click on the picture.
Provided there are sufficient numbers, the next course will take place on (To be announced).

****As usual, the centre will be closed over the Festive Season as follows, last day of business will be Friday 17th Dec. 2021 and re-open on Monday 10th Jan. 2022.****

Research Centre Temporary Opening Hours (Please see information below)

Monday 10.00 - 12.30  &  13.00 - 15.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 12.30  &  13.00 - 15.30 
Wednesday                           13-00 - 15.30
Thursday 10.00 - 12.30  &  13.00 - 15.30
Friday 10.00 - 12.30  &  13.00 - 15.30
Saturday  CLOSED

 The centre is now open to visitors with a maximum of 3 per session.We are operating on reduced opening times (See on above). Booking will be required. (Tel: +44 (0)1382 461845) Covid guidelines apply.

The Centre is open on public and local holidays, but closes for about two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period each year.



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 Latest News

Webmaster's Jottings 03-10-2021 When contacting centre

The AGM this year will be via Zoom, and will be held on Tuesday 23rd November 2021, at 20.00 GMT. Continue reading >

Tay Valley Family History Society continues our series of online talks for our members, of which this is the fifth, Our
newest talk is by our guest Jennifer Jolly, on 'Diana Rae, sea-captain's widow and her family’. Jennifer was researching 'at a distance' using materials online, and she gives much detail about
the resources she used, the places in her story (Montrose, St Cyrus, Edzell), the work of cross-
referencing to check 'facts' and even the way she has organised the materials she found. Lots
of tips here for all family researchers! The story of the research shows how persistence pays off
- and how answering one research question leads on to another! Available at

There is a Q&A zoom on this one, for which registration is available on our Members Noticeboard. Passed talks are also available on the Members Noticeboard. For access to this, you will be required to use your members access password to log in.

 Also, here is a video from David Dobson, our vice-president, promoting his new book on doing Family History, entitled "Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond". This is also on Youtube so you can view it at this link:

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The Historian, Issue 120, October 2021

The Historian, Issue 120 eJournal has been uploaded to the website and will be sent out to those who have requested the electronic version. We have been experiencing problems with our outgoing email, specifically btinternet addresses. If you do not received it shortly, please email [email protected].

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What's On  Calendar of events (updated 3rd October 2021)


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If you want to connect with other TVFHS members around the world, join Tay Valley Bridges, the independent discussion forum open only to members of this Society. Enjoy online discussions with others interested in genealogy and the Tay Valley area. Free to join after you become a member of the Society. Login and click on the icon above to find out more.

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TVFHS Gift Certificates
The perfect  Xmas gift for your genealogist family or friend. They come in values from £5 to £25. Also ideal for birthdays, or indeed, any occasion.

For more information, contact the centre on 01382 461845 or at [email protected]



Stuck for Xmas gift ideas for a genealogist friend?  How about something from our bookshop?

We have a selection of books & old town plans for sale covering various areas in the Tay valley area. 

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Dundee – its quaint and historic buildings
This is a facsimile of the book more commonly known as ‘Lamb’s Dundee’. The original was compiled by Dundee hotelier, Dundee High School FP and antiquarian Alexander Crawford Lamb and first published in 1895. Concerned at how many of Dundee’s historic buildings were disappearing, he sought to document their existence. This book, with fantastic illustrations by William Gibb, is an essential guide to the Dundee which existed before the Improvement Act of 1879.

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If you wish to make an online payment to Tay Valley FHS (other than annual subscriptions), please visit TVFHS Online Payments, select a suitable Payment Reason, enter the amount you wish to pay and click on "Submit". On the message acknowledgement page, click "Pay Online (via PayPal)" and follow the instructions.
For annual subscriptions, payment should be made via the Member Registration and Renewal page.
Please note that 200 Club payments cannot be made online.