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How to use the archive

We love to hear from people researching their family histories and are always happy to help. However, as we have digitised the majority of our collection, there is a lot of research you can do yourself.

You can download all of our documents by clicking on their image. Be aware that some are large files.

Other sources of help

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The Scottish Handwriting website has online tuition to help researchers read 16th, 17th and 18th Century manuscripts. Have a go at their Paleography Poser or use their tutorials and coaching manual to make sense of historical documents.