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Records not held in the NAS

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) is not the only repository of historical records in Scotland. Important family history records are held in the General Register Office for Scotland. Many of Scotland's local authorities, universities, health boards, and other corporate bodies also keep historical records and maintain archive services. Some government records relating to Scotland are held by The National Archives (in London).

Here are some categories of record which are not, as a rule, in the NAS:

• army, navy and air force service records
• census returns
• civil registers of births, deaths and marriages
• film
• local government records
• old parish registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths
• records in private hands
• ship passenger lists
• UK government records

These records are held by the institutions listed below.

Other bodies which hold records relating to Scotland

A wide variety of historical records is also held by archive, library and museum services of local authorities, universities, and private insitutions. The most comprehensive guide to these can be found in the the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) website, where you can also search a unified catalogue to collections in more than 50 Scottish archives and libraries.

General Register Office for Scotland (GROS)
The GROS keeps civil registers of births, deaths and marriages; census returns; and old parish regsiters of baptisms, marriages and burials. Some of these records are available using the ScotlandsPeople e-commerce website.

National Library of Scotland (NLS)
The NLS is a UK legal deposit library and also holds collections of manuscripts, maps and newspapers.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
The records of the RCAHMS relate to buildings, sites, and ancient monuments of archaeological, architectural and historical interest, including maritime sites and underwater constructions in Scotland.

Scottish Screen Archive
The Scottish Screen Archive preserves archive film in Scotland and collects written and photographic materials relating to the development of cinema exhibition and film production in Scotland over the past 100 years.

The National Archives (London)
Some records of central government functions relating to Scotland are held by The National Archives in London. Most service records of soldiers, sailors and airmen after the Union of Scotland and England in 1707, ship passenger lists from 1890 and records of immigration to the United Kingdom are held there.

The National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS)

The NRAS surveys papers held by private individuals and families, landed estates, clubs and societies, businesses and law firms and arranges access to them by researchers. The surveys can be consulted in the National Archives of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

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