Local & Family History

Welcome to East Renfrewshire Heritage Service

Through East Renfrewshire Heritage Service you can access:

  • A local collection with thousands of photographs, documents and objects to help you explore East Renfrewshire’s people and places through time.
  • A welcoming heritage centre at Giffnock Library and a great collection of heritage resources at Barrhead Foundry.
  • A programme of classes, workshops, events, exhibitions, school visits and projects on family and local history.
  • A friendly and efficient enquiry service for those of you who can’t visit or are finding your research a bit tricky.

You will also find information available online through:

  • An archives module within the library catalogue which allows you to search and browse the heritage collection
  • Portal to the Past – dedicated heritage webpages full of local history information
  • A Facebook page EastRenfrewshireHeritageService for up-to-date news on collections and events.
  • Ancestry Library Edition* available to use free of charge in East Renfrewshire Libraries

*This link is only accessible from within East Renfrewshire library premises.

Our subscription to this great family history website is usually only accessible on site in our libraries. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we can now offer temporary online access to our library members from home. To use it, visit your library account page and log in with your library card and PIN number. Just click the Ancestry Library Edition link and you will once again have access to a wealth of resources to help you with your family history. Happy Searching! If you don’t know your PIN number of would like to join East Renfrewshire Libraries visit our joining the library page.

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Portal To The Past

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Contact us:
Giffnock Heritage Centre,
Giffnock Library
Station Road

Email: localstudies@ercultureandleisure.org

Tel: 0141 577 3872

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