Skip to content

Local and family history classes - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Local and family history classes

A range of friendly classes to help you get started with your family tree or local history research

It has brought it alive! I'll definitely be spending more time in the library

Local and family history classes
Class description

Introduction to Ancestry

Just coming along to one single 1 ½ hour session is all it takes to get started on Ancestry Library Edition - a must for the family historian. East Renfrewshire's subscription to this website means that you get access to records from all over the world in your local library without spending a penny.
This class is free and open to everyone but does require basic PC skills.

Introduction to ScotlandsPeople

The ScotlandsPeople website is THE place to get access to birth, marriage and death certificates for the whole of Scotland but it can be tricky to search. End the frustration by coming along to this single 2 hour session where you'll  learn the best way to search and get lots of helpful family history tips along the way. This class is free* and open to everyone but does require basic PC skills.
*this session is free but requires the purchase of ScotlandsPeople credits.

Online Family History for Fearties

There is so much information available for family historians on the internet these days - but if you struggle with using computers then it can be daunting. This new course is the perfect solution because over a series of five friendly sessions you will gain the skills and confidence that you need to use a computer and access the internet. Along the way, you will be introduced to several important family history sites. Then, after mastering the basics, you will progress to detailed sessions on Ancestry Library Edition which you can continue to use free of charge in East Renfrewshire libraries.

Local & family history drop-in

Have you hit a family history brick wall? Do you need some help with local history research? Or would you just like advice on using the heritage resources at Giffnock and Barrhead Libraries? Pop along to our local and family history drop-in where the local studies librarian will be on hand to offer advice and point you in the right direction.

Amazed, I have progressed more this morning than all the times I've tried it myself

Classes take place in various libraries at different times. For booking information and a full list of venues, dates and times visit Portal to the Past

Send Feedback

Was this page helpful?





(Include if you would like a response to your feedback)