Using the Archives

Stirling Council Archives has a searchroom open to the public and staff can also answer enquiries via email, phone or post. If you have never visited an Archive before you may find the following information helpful.

Visting Stirling Council Archives for the first time

Before visiting try and carry out some preliminary research.

  • You can contact us to find out what records we hold and you can view our catalogue online.
  • Try and determine specific things you want to find records for. For example, if you are researching a relative in your family tree what do you specifically want to find out about them? We hold burial records but to make use of these you would need to have an idea of where the person died and when. It may be that you need to gather more information from other sources before you start using the Archives.
  • If you are researching you family tree check out our page on resources to get you started.

Some useful things to bring:

  • Paper and a pencil (no pens allowed).
  • Any research or notes you may want to refer to.
  • Digital cameras are now allowed in the searchroom. There is a flat fee for this and staff should always be contacted before use of your own camera.
  • You are welcome to bring your own laptop, tablet. Wi-fi is available.

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