Previously… at Central Library

Last Saturday we welcomed hundreds of visitors to our Local and Family History Open Day. They took part in a packed programme of taster sessions, talks and exhibitions, organized as part of the Previously…Scotland’s History Festival.

Experts and enthusiasts came together to discuss all aspects and avenues of historical research. Library staff were on hand to demonstrate all the online heritage resources you can access in the library and from home for free – the invaluable Ancestry Library Edition and The Scotsman Digital Archive proved particularly popular.

Special thanks goes to our professional colleagues from Edinburgh City Archives, Edinburgh’s War, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, Living Memory Association, Lothians Family History Society, Old Edinburgh Club, ScotlandsPeople, Scran and The Scottish Genealogy Society who manned stalls, gave advice and encouragement and explained how their organizationsĀ  can support local and family history research.

Visitors were also given a sneak preview of our new website called Our Town Stories ( which uses images and historical maps from our unique heritage collections to tell the story of Edinburgh’s past. Take a look and let us know what you think…


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