The Society's History

Tay Valley Family History Society was founded in 1980 with 140 members, and aims to promote the study of family history and genealogy throughout the Tay Valley, which includes the former counties of Dundee, Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire in Scotland. Tay Valley F.H.S. was only the third local group to be formed in Scotland.

Our first Honorary President was Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, who died in 1985. Captain, Lord Glamis, now Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, agreed to accept the position, which he has continued to hold.

During the celebration of the first twenty-five years of the Society, we were presented with Armorial Bearings and have since been able to display our own coat-of-arms on the front of the Research Centre, and on other appropriate occasions.

The Society is a member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) and is a registered charity. Membership currently stands at about 1300 worldwide and new members are always welcome. The Society is governed by a Council which is elected by the membership.

the society (picture courtesy of Courier and Advertiser)

The Society is based at its Family History Research Centre, 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee, Scotland. The Centre maintains a unique reference library of genealogical and local history materials relating to the Tay Valley and Scotland which is steadily growing in content.

Mary, Countess of Strathmore, wife of the Queen Mother’s great-nephew, opened the new larger premises at 179 Princes Street in 2000, enabling people from Scotland, Britain, and the rest of the world to research their family roots here in Tayside.

The Research Centre facilities are available, free of further charge, to members of the Society, to members of other SAFHS Societies who have reciprocal research facilities, and, upon payment of a session fee, to non-members.

What do we do?

Members are encouraged to do their own research, but knowledgeable volunteer staff can provide guidance and assistance as necessary. Tay Valley Family History Society is not, however, a professional research body and will not compile full family trees.

The Centre now has subscriptions to several on-line pay sites, which are available for free use by members visiting the Centre and by our researchers working on a fee basis for members living outside the area.

Volunteers also contribute to recording local graveyard inscriptions, and CDs of the records are available for sale at the centre and on this site.

The Society relies on volunteers for all aspects of running the Research Centre. Tremendous progress has been made over the last thirty years and we are confident that we will be able to find a continuation of willing workers, to allow the Society to flourish over the next thirty.


Our journal, the Tay Valley Family Historian, is produced 3 times a year. The first journal was issued in April 1981.

 Latest News

Webmaster's Jottings 21-05-2022 When contacting centre

Our series of video talks continues with the next talk, the eigth, now available, with Q&A on 27th June, by our President, Mr Iain Flett. Details are on the Members' Noticeboard. This is on 'The Kirkmaister of Dundee'...

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 122, June 2022

The Historian, Issue 122 eJournal has been uploaded to the website (Members Section) 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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