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South Ayrshire Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): AYR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Carnegie Library: South Ayrshire Council
Local History Library
12 Main Street
Tel: 01292 286385
Fax: 01292 611593
[email protected]
Contact: Jeanette Castle

Opening hours:

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes (basic)

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Yes
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Ayr Registry Office

5. Census returns

Carnegie Library: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Ayrshire coverage complete
1891 Ayrshire

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

1851/52 Ayrshire Directory
1883: Carrick Directory
1837: Pigot & Co. Scotland
1867: Slater. Scotland
1820-21 and 1822: Commercial directory of Scotland, Ireland and the four most northern counties of England
All held in Carnegie Library

6(b) City and Town Directories

Ayr 1845/46 onwards (not complete)
A few Kilmarnock directories 1868-1938/39
Carnegie Library

6(c) Telephone Directories

1950s onwards and one or two from beginning of the century. Carnegie Library

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1892-1974 Ayr Burgh
1975 Kyle and Carrick District
1996 South Ayrshire
Carnegie Library

7(b) Poll Books

Valuation Rolls:
Ayr Burgh 1906-1975
Ayrshire 1899/1900 - 1941/42
Kyle and Carrick 1975 to 1996-
South Ayrshire 1996

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1988 IGI microfiche. Carnegie Library - UK and 1991 IGI UK, microfiche: Carnegie
1991 Alloway - Scotland
1991 Prestwick - Scotland
1991 Girvan - Scotland
1991 Troon (Main Resource Centre) - UK

9. Unpublished Indexes

Ayrshire Post (for South Ayrshire district only) from 1920-1950

10. Parish Registers

OPRs - Ayrshire coverage on microfilm. One or two parishes in Lanark and Dumfries

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Scottish Historical Review. Carnegie Library
Poor Law Magazine
Scottish Genealogist
Family Tree Magazine
Scottish Local History

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Scottish History Society
Bannyntyre Club
Carnegie Library
Ary Burgh Records: Sasines: Indexes 1599-1609, 1617-1634, 1635-1660

13. Other material

Ayr Advertiser 1803 to date
Ayrshire Post 1880s to date
Microform in Carnegie Library

14. Guides to Collections

Detailed guide being prepared

15. Local Record Offices

Ayrshire Archives
County Buildings
Wellington Square
Tel:01292 612000
[email protected]

Other information

Booking system in operation for microfilm/fiche reader-printers
Microfiche readers not bookable
Calendars or confirmations and inventories 1876 to 1936, 1948-1959.
Monumental inscriptions, most of Ayrshire
Carnegie Library hold the Ayr Burgh Records (BG) under charge and superintendance from the Scottish Record Office