Explore your family history at the Local and Family History department in Ayr’s Carnegie Library. The department houses a unique collection of books, pamphlets, directories, maps, plans, local newspapers and photographs. Members of the public who wish to conduct their own family history research are welcome to visit the department to use the resources we have available. The most frequently used items are available for readers to browse through and select for themselves, but some of the stock is stored ‘behind the scenes’ and is obtainable on request.
Staff will help identify appropriate sources and give guidance on using the collection. We are happy to help with enquiries anytime, but if you would like to book a ‘Starter Session’ with regards to family history please contact us and we will give you a timeslot and information on what you need to bring along to help get you started with your research.
New for this autumn
We will be holding a number of Beginner’s Family History Classes this coming winter (dates still to be confirmed). If you would like to embark on this fascinating journey to your family’s past keep an eye on our blog posts for details.
If you would like more information you can contact us by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01292 272231
Access to the following resources from within the library is free of charge:
Ancestry Library Edition
Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world’s largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more free from any South Ayrshire Libraries computer.
The library has taken out a subscription to Find my Past which enables users to have free access to English and Welsh records and the Scottish Census using the PCs in the department.
Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Ayr Advertiser 1803-1885
This online index is a joint project between South Ayrshire Council Libraries Service and Opportunities in Retirement Family History Group Ayr.
Scotsman Historical Newspapers Archive (1817 – 1950)
Find significant moments in the history of Scotland, or discover if your ancestor appears in our births, marriages and deaths notices.
Scotlandspeople Vouchers – Are available to buy in the department and can be used in the library and at home. Starter vouchers £7.00 for 60 credits Top ups £5.60 for 30 credits.
First World War Genealogical books for loan
- Tracing your First World War ancestors: a guide for family historians by Simon Fowler
- Tracing your prisoner of war ancestors the First World War by Sarah Paterson
- Tracing your tank ancestors: a guide for family historians by Janice Tait, David Fletcher
- First World War army service records : A guide for family historians by William Spencer
- A Tommy in the family: WWI family history tales and research tips by Keith Gregson
- Great War lives: A guide for family historians by Paul Reed
- Air Force records: A guide for family historians by William Spencer
- Tracing your family history. Merchant Navy compiled by Allison E. Duffield; edited by Sarah Paterson
- Tracing your service women ancestors by Mary Ingham
- Tracing your naval ancestors by Bruno Pappalardo
Tracing your First World War ancestors using local newspapers
The Local and Family History department in Carnegie Library also holds the local newspapers covering the conflict, lists of casualties, deaths and distinctions that were published in increasing numbers as the war progressed.
South Ayrshire Great War Exhibition and Events at Carnegie Library
To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia are on show in Ayr’s Carnegie Library. There will also be a film show ‘The Great War Home Front on Film: A Scottish Screen Archive Selection’ and a talk given by our Local History Librarian Tom Barclay on ‘Ayrshire’s Great War: The local impact of the global conflict 1914-1918’.
Visit our History Blog for more details about the exhibition or booking for the events.