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Family History & Historical Societies


The following information on the Family History and Historical Societies in and around Ayrshire should be useful for those considering joining or for contacting them to assist with Ayrshire Family History research.

Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies


Pamela McIntyre
5 Eglinton Terrace
Ayr KA7 1JJ

This was founded in 1983 and exists to further the study of the history of Ayrshire, and to represent societies and individuals interested in Ayrshire and all aspects of that history.

Scottish Genealogy Society:-


Scottish Society of Family History Societies:-


Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society :-


Census Index :-  1851    Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Stirlingshire, Campsie, and Dunbartonshire.


Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society:-


Meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month Sept. to May in the Largs Library from 7.30 p.m. Subscription Rate 10 for ordinary members, 12 for Family Membership and 12 for Overseas members.  Membership Secretary Mrs Anne Cowgill, 1 Spalding Drive, Largs, KA30 9BZ

Census Index completed:-

1841    Largs and Fairlie

1851    Largs, West Kilbride, and Dalry 

Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society:-


E-mail info@troonayrshirefhs.org.uk  

Mail address Troon & District F.H.S., C/O.M.E.R.C., Troon Library, South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6EF

Meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month Sept. to May. in the Portland Parish Church Hall, South Beach, Troon at 7.30 p.m.

 Troon Publications

Monumental Inscriptions

Old Alloway, Coylton, Craigie, Crosbie Troon, Dundonald, Monkton, Newton Green, St Nicholas Prestwick, St Quivox, Symington, Wallacetown, Secessionists Ayr, Auld Kirk Ayr, Old and New Dailly, Girvan Old,   All at 3.15 + P&P each.

One Booklet with the six Kyle Graveyards of :- Barnwell, Goodham, Culzean, Fairfield, Newton-on-Ayr, and St Margaret's  3.15 +P&P.


Dundonald Death Register   at 3.15 +P&P.

Holmston Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions   at 6.30  +P&P

Microfiche (2)  -  Supplemental Register of Births from Kilmarnock OPR 1855 at 1.00  +p&p


Deaths and Burials in South Ayrshire 

This contains a comprehensive list of all cemetery, burial, and death records in the present South Ayrshire, including the M.I.'s currently available. Also includes a variety of sources with names and addresses which may be useful to those looking for a death in Ayrshire.   2.70  +P&P.


Irvine 1820 Census Index

Transcription of this is now complete and will be sold as a microfiche. This census gives heads of houses and spouces, although there are no addresses it is possible to work out the district in which the family lived.

   Irvine Census 1820 with index - 2 microfiche - 3.60 + p&p Irvine Census 1820 Index only (paper copy) -       5.40 + p&p   Example of entries in the Census


Burials Indexes for the following parishes are now available in Booklet format;

Ballantrae & Girvan

There is a 'goldmine' of information for researchers in Galston with the release of census returns there for 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831. Also a list of of Militia men from Galston in 1799 and 1801 and an index to names of servicemen in 1918 who wrote letters of thanks to Rev J A Hogg, Galston Church for parcels received.

Troon FHS advise that the original papers can be viewed at Ayrshire Archives.

The 1821 Census for St Quivox Parish has also been transcribed and is available in booklet form.

(see also St Quivox page on this site)

East Ayrshire Family History Society:-


E-mail eastayrfhs@crosshoose.freeserve.co.uk 

Meetings held on the second Thursday of each month (except June, July, and August) in the Gateway Centre, Foregate Square, Kilmarnock (next to the bus station) from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.  Subscription rate for 200 - 2001 is 9 for ordinary members  12.50 for overseas members.

Census Indexing:- For 1861 covering all towns in Ayrshire


 East Ayrshire Publications


Kilmarnock Poor Applications Index 1847 - 1891 on 4 fiche Price 8.

The Poor Applications Index of Ardrossan on 4 Fiche Price 10

The 1861 Census Index.  For all areas of Ayrshire. The full set will be available on fiche.

Index for The 1691 Hearth Tax in Ayrshire. Available in Book. Edited by Mrs E. W. Steel.

Monumental Inscriptions for Laigh Kirk. Stewarton.  Price 3.95


South Ayrshire Family History Society:-

Based in the South-West of Scotland, 3 miles south of the town of Ayr, our Society covers Alloway, the neighbouring areas and Southern Ayrshire. They extend a warm welcome to all interested in family history and/or with family connections in these localities.

The Society holds monthly meetings at 7.30p.m.
on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month
(except July and August) at

Annual Subscription, 1st April - 31st March
Individual 8.00
Family 12.00
Overseas 15.00

The Membership Secretary,
Alloway & Southern Ayrshire Family History Society,
c/o Alloway Public Library,
Doonholm Road,

For more information contact:

Dr Andrew Dinwoodie Chairman Tel. (01292) 443755

Mr Peter Towle Secretary Tel: (01292)443931





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