The Society Research Centre

The following facilities are available at the Tay Valley Family History Society Centre.

Tay Valley Family History Society Research Centre

  • A microfilm reader connected to a printer and a microfilm/microfiche digital scanner connected to a computer.
  • Six online computers and one offline one as well as the one connected to the film/fiche  scanner.
  • A large library of research materials, concentrating mainly, but not exclusively, on the Tay Valley area.
  • A refreshment area and toilet facilities.
  • Wheelchair access to the main research area. Volunteers can bring materials from the library in the basement if required.
  • Research assistance from our volunteer staff.

Our Reference Library contains a large amount of material in paper, microform, CD-ROM and database formats.  The Library Catalogue can be downloaded here. Resources available include

  • Old Parish Registers for the Tay Valley area on microfilm
  • Census returns (1841-1901) for the Tay Valley area on microfilm
  • Census indexes for Scotland and other parts of the British Isles in books and on microfiche.
  • Monumental Inscriptions for graveyards in our area and many other parts of Scotland.
  • Pedigree charts and family group sheets submitted by members.
  • Transcriptions of BMDs submitted by members.

Inside the Research Centre

Our computers provide access to many online resources, including ScotlandsPeople, findmypast, Ancestry and FamilySearch.

On the ScotlandsPeople website can be found: Old Parish Registers (Church of Scotland pre-1855); Statutory Registers of births, marriages and deaths (from 1855); Roman Catholic Registers; Census Records (1841-1911); wills; valuation rolls (1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920).

Inside the Research Centre

The Ancestry, findmypast and FamilySearch websites provide access to many databases of vital records from around the world, including: census indexes and images for the rest of the UK, for the USA and for Canada; emigration/immigration records and shipping lists; military records.



Members of TVFHS and associated societies can use the facilities free of charge. Others can use them for a small hourly charge. Other charges are shown below.

Research Centre Charges

 Service Member Non-member
Use of centre facilities Free £10.00 per hour
Photocopies, computer printouts and blank forms (census, FGS, pedigree chart) 20p per page
Microfilm and fiche printouts 25p per page
Use of researcher’s own USB memory stick/flash drive in our computers £1.00 per session
ScotlandsPeople credits *
Tea or coffee and biscuit 50p per cup

As ScotlandsPeople have stopped selling vouchers, this service is no longer available.

Basic Research Services

For members of TVFHS who are unable to visit the Centre personally, we offer some limited Research Services for a fee paid in advance. This charge is to cover the running costs of our research facility and to enable us to purchase and publish more archive material and resources. We will not research complete family trees, and we will not search for living relatives. All our research is carried out by volunteers and is confined mainly to the sources available in the Research Centre or in the Dundee locality. We can provide a list of professional researchers for more specialised or wide-ranging searches.

Before such requests for assistance can be dealt with, the member should provide a name, a date, an event (birth, death or marriage) and a place (parish or district) as well as their own name, (email) address, membership number and payment of the minimum charge. Each request will be assigned a unique reference number.

On the ScotlandsPeople website, Old Parish Registers and Statutory Birth, Marriage and Death Registers are open for viewing online, but births registered less than 100 years ago, marriages less than 75 years ago and deaths less than 50 years ago are closed to online researchers. However, these records can be viewed at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in General Register House, Edinburgh.  For members who are unable to go there themselves, we offer a search and transcription service. Some of our volunteers are willing to do this while they are in Edinburgh carrying out their own research. Members wishing to use this service may download request forms here.

Research Services Charges (available to MEMBERS only).

Service Charge
Basic research £5.00  per hour
Transcriptions of Closed Statutory Registers at General Register House £5.00 per item
Transcriptions/prints of OPRs/Open Statutory Registers in Tay Valley area £2.00 per item
Transcriptions/prints of census records (1841-1901) in Tay Valley area £2.00 per item
Lookups in our Library resources (such as the 'Soldiers Died' CD-ROM) £2.00 per entry

All charges and fees are paid into the Society's funds.


There is a minimum charge of £10.

Postage and packaging will be added to all these charges.

We will invoice you on completion of your research. After payment has been made, the results of the research will be sent to you. Please quote the research reference number and your membership number on all correspondence relating to the research request.

If our Research Team members are not too busy, they may occasionally consider doing simple research for non-members at a charge of £10.00 per hour. Charges for photocopies, prints etc. are as above.

Beginners' Classes

Do you want to trace your Family History, but don’t know how to begin? Tay Valley Family History Society is offering a series of courses to help you find your roots. The classes take place in the Research Centre and provide a grounding in how best to use the resources there.

The classes normally take place for six weeks on one evening per week from 7pm to 9pm. For those who find it difficult to attend the midweek sessions, we can offer weekend courses running form 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dates for both series are arranged subject to sufficient numbers applying. Provided there are sufficient numbers, our next course will take place on (To be announced). To ensure you get a place, don't delay in making your reservation.

To reserve your place on the this course, or to get further information, please Contact Us.

The course fee at present is £30, and, at the conclusion of the course, you can take up an optional discounted Annual Membership for only £15 (normally £20).

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