Scottish Post Office directories


The extensive coverage of the digitised Scottish Post Office directories has only been possible by working in partnership with the following Scottish libraries:

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Aberdeen City Libraries

Aberdeen Local Studies

Aiming to record the history of Aberdeen and preserve it for future generations, Aberdeen Local Studies has a wealth of resources including historic photographs, newspapers, maps and, of course, lots and lots of books!

Our resources include records of individuals who have lived and worked in Aberdeen, as well as information on how the City has changed over time. If you want to learn more about an Aberdeen ancestor, or find out more about the city's history, get in touch to see how we can help.


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Angus Council

Angus Libraries and Archives

Angus has seven full time libraries in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Montrose and Monifieth with a range of local history resources relating to the specific towns and immediate area. These resources include local history books, Ordnance Survey maps, newspapers on microfilm and some family history resources, such as local old parish records (OPRs) and census.

Angus Archives was established in 1989 as the archive of Angus Council and the repository for the records of the former burghs of Angus, Angus County Council and for private papers. Its focal point is to collect, record and preserve all archive material and photographs relating to the Angus area. The collections are available to researchers, local history groups, family historians, school parties and authors, among others.


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Dundee Central Library

Local History Centre

The Local History Centre, situated on the Reference Floor of Dundee Central Library, holds large and varied collections of material including maps, photographs and newspapers that would be of interest to local and family history researchers.

Notable collections include the Alexander Wilson collection of photographs and the Lamb collection of 19th century ephemera.

The Family History Collection includes old parish registers and census returns for Dundee and surrounding areas. We also hold a complete collection of Electoral Registers for Dundee, as well as Dundee street directories from 1783-1974.

We recommend that researchers from outside the local area contact us about their topics of interest before visiting.


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Edinburgh City Libraries

Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library plays an exceptional role in the city, offering a unique collection of print based resources on all aspects of Edinburgh, Scotland and Scots abroad. The collection offers:

  • Scottish family history material, including over 2,000 individual family genealogies
  • Material to research the history of your Edinburgh house
  • Online resources
  • Business history
  • 'Capital collectons' image collection
  • General Scottish history
  • Expert staff to guide you to the best information plus advice on how to explore other resources within the city.

Central Library also offers in depth information and resources on art, music and culture, through the Lending, Reference, Art and Music Libraries.

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection:
Tel: 0131 242 8070


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The Mitchell Library

Glasgow Libraries has the Mitchell Library and 32 libraries in local communities. The Mitchell Library is one of Europe's largest public reference libraries and the hub of the city-wide information and online resources service. Many Mitchell Library books are also available for lending.

The Mitchell Collections include the Glasgow Collection which aims to preserve and make accessible material relating to the history, culture and people of Glasgow. Material includes historical and current newspapers, maps, books, and reports and special collections, like early Glasgow printing, railway and shipping.

Housing the City Registrar's Genealogy Centre, the Family History Centre and the City Archives, the Mitchell is now a one-stop shop of major resources for the family historian. Customers can research their ancestors, finding out how they lived using, for example, civil registration and census records, poor law, school, and other archives, burial records, monumental inscriptions and free access to the Ancestry websites.

The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow G3 7DN

Tel: 0141 287 2999
Fax: 0141 287 2815


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Inverclyde Libraries

Watt Library, Greenock

Inverclyde Libraries offer a wide range of services to anyone who lives, visits or works in Inverclyde. As well as the facility to borrow books, CDs, downloadable audio books and DVDs, we also offer many other services including internet access, lifelong learning courses, reading groups and we run various cultural events throughout the year.

The Watt Library in Greenock is Inverclyde's main local history and genealogy library with holdings including census returns, old parish registers, valuation rolls, post office directories, newspaper indices, etc.

You can access the Ancestry website free of charge from any of our libraries and we also run 'Geneology on the web' courses at our Greenock Central and Gourock Libraries, and a 'Finding our family together' family learning session on researching your family tree.

Opening hours at the Watt Library are 10am-1pm and 2-5pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.
Tel: 01475 715628


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Central Library, Paisley

Renfrewshire Heritage Services

Renfrewshire Heritage Services contains the historical archive for Renfrewshire. We have several unique collections of interest to people researching local and family history. Our collections include:

  • Census returns
  • Old parish records (OPRs)
  • Poor Law records for Paisley from 1839–1930
  • Trades directories from 1810–1937
  • Paisley weavers, hammermen and tailors records
  • Sasines, confirmations and inventories
  • Monumental inscriptions and mortcloth records
  • The Cairn of Lochwinnoch from 1827–1854
  • Poll tax rolls of 1695 and Hearth Tax records of 1691
  • Local newspapers from 1824
  • Local authority minutes
  • Historical Renfrewshire maps
  • Historical demographic and statistical information.

Visit our website to find out more:

For help with family and local history enquiries please contact us:

Heritage Services
Central Library
68 High Street

Tel: 0141 889 2360


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A K Bell Library, Perth

Local Studies Department

The Local Studies Department of the A K Bell Library holds an enormous range of information about the areas of Perthshire and Kinross-shire including directories, maps, newspapers, books and images. Full details of our resources can be found at which lists the various newspapers available, parish guides, opening hours and enquiry details.

If you want help with tracing your family tree, the department has fantastic resources, including census and parish records for the old county areas and free access to the Ancestry websites.

Our most important resource is our friendly and knowledgeable staff, who will be delighted to help answer your enquiries.

Local Studies Department
A K Bell Library
York Place

Tel: 01738 477062


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South Ayrshire Libraries

Carnegie Library

The South Ayrshire Libraries' Scottish and Local History Library is located on the first floor of the Carnegie Library in Ayr. The department houses a unique collection of books, pamphlets, directories, maps, plans, local newspapers and photographs. Disabled access is at the rear of building and there is a lift to the first floor.

Staff will help identify appropriate sources and give guidance on using the collection. The material is available for reference use only. We welcome visitors, and staff are happy to help customers with their enquiries.

Scottish and Local History Library
Carnegie Library
12 Main St

Tel: 01292 272231


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Stirling Council

Central Reference Library

Central Reference Library holds a wide range of material to help research local and family history within the present Stirling Council area along with neighbouring areas historically linked to Stirling. You can expect to find:

  • Old parish registers
  • Census records
  • Maps
  • Council minutes
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Stirlingshire Post Office and general directories
  • Bookstock and pamphlets
  • Electoral and valuation rolls.

Central Reference Library is a great place to do research, and you can use our free comuters or Wi-fi. You can also search the library catalogue for books and pamphlets in the local history collection from the comfort of your home and access a wide range of online resources for free.

If you're looking for a person, try searching the Stirling Observer Christmas Annual photograph index. This publication details thousands of weddings and social events which took place during the period 1911-1969.

Central Reference Library
Stirling Council
Corn Exchange Road

Tel: 01786 432106


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