The Tay Valley Family History Society was founded in June 1980 with 140 members and was set up to promote the study of family history and genealogy throughout the Tay Valley area.
Our centre, at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee is a leading centre of Family History Research within the Tay Valley area and indeed beyond. Our volunteers are keen to assist members and visitors, and we encourage sharing of stories through our Forum on this site, our Facebook group and of course through contributions to our Journal and our Tay Valley Talks series.
Since its small beginnings, Tay Valley Family History Society has grown and expanded and now has a strong worldwide membership. The Centre maintains a unique reference library of genealogical and local historical materials relating to the Tay Valley area and other areas in Scotland, which is steadily growing in content. It moreover houses several computers, and the Society has subscriptions to online genealogical sites which are available for free use to members visiting the Centre, with volunteers happy to give assistance if needed.
For members further afield there is a Facebook discussion forum, and we run video-talks with online question and answer sessions. Our journal ‘The Historian’ was started in April 1981, to provide members with a broad range of genealogical and local history accessed at one’s leisure. These resources, with the forum on this website, give individuals a platform to collate and share tales of their discoveries about their own family with other members. Our current Honorary President, Iain Flett, previously Chief Archivist at Dundee City Archives, and other members, contribute to our journal and to our series of Video Talks.
Our research team assist (for a small fee) out-of-area members.
In addition to our extensive library we have produced material offered for sale. We attend Family History events, and may have a presence at other local or national events. We are affiliated with the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS)
In this section you can find out more about the Society’s history and aims, our participation in local and national (or even international) projects, our connections with archives and other organisations.
Getting back to your roots
How to uncover ancestry, heritage, stories of people, how to do genealogical or historical research, how you can relate to Scottish History and Local History.
Subscription to our Journal
Access to exclusive Member Content
Free use of the Research Centre & Library
Access to Online Discussion Forum
Guidance & Support in your research
Affiliations to other societies