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Digging deeper into family roots

Spent an enjoyable half day here. Reasonable cost to do research. Very very helpful staff, stayed... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Metairie, Louisiana
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Extremely interesting visit

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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H M General Register House 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, Scotland
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Thank you to all the staff at New Register House for the Open Doors Day 2018. I visited with my partner to view the William Wallace letter. The disabled access into the building is simply amazing. The friendliness of the staff showed the doors are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim M
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Comfortable chairs to spend the day in front of a computer. Programmes easy to use and searches faciltated by friendly and knowledgeable staff. One lady helped me to find a missing Great Great Grandmother...seemingly they had changed the familial name from the Irish Catholice Corcoran...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

A beautiful building at the east end of Princes Street the Adam Dome and the library is worth a visit alone. Until the end of November there is a fantastic exhibition bringing together amazing photographs of convicted criminals from the Edinburgh City archives - murders...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst we have walked by the General Register House, containing the National Records of Scotland on many occasions, we have never been in, and with the "Famous Scots From The Past" Exhibition being advertised during the Festival, thought this would be a good time. The...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Spent an enjoyable half day here. Reasonable cost to do research. Very very helpful staff, stayed with me till I got settled in. Beautiful building, too, so the atmosphere was wonderful. I was able to confirm dates and names more easily here than having to...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It is situated at the very end of Princes Street, just before the commencement of Waterloo Place, has a statue of the Duke of Wellington outside it, and...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Certainly some grand buildings around this city, and this being another one of them, really had a great time here, and it is just lovely to saunter around the streets having a feel of the cities atmosphere.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Theycallitmadness
Reviewed 12 January 2017

These days we can do a lot online, and General Register House has its online presence with 'Scotland's People'. However I went there to get some help with working out how to best use the information available, and you can also access their computer system...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank PtarmiganTraveller
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I am a regular user of both the Scotland's People Centre and the Historic Search Room. There is so much information that it would take several lifetime to ferret out everything of interest! The staff are very helpful and the computerised search systems are very...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Bean-astair
Reviewed 20 November 2015

I've been visiting here for several years, tracing my family. It's always a pleasure - great surroundings, friendly and helpful staff, and I always find something unexpected and of interest. We in Scotland are so fortunate to have this amazing resource. The computerisation makes it...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank X3777MMjohna
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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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