Welcome to the website of the Highland Family History Society, which was established in September 1981 to promote the study of genealogy, family history and related subjects in the Highlands of Scotland. We are based in the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness.

The society meets to hear speakers on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September to April (excluding December) at 7.30pm.

The society records and publishes monumental inscriptions from Highland burial grounds.


Come to a meeting or event

We usually have a table at the SAFHS Conference in April and at the Inverness Highland Games in July. For the current programme please go to Meetings & Events. News of upcoming meetings and recent publications can be found on our Facebook Page.


What we offer

Statutory registration of births, marriages and deaths began in Scotland in 1855 – and can be accessed via ScotlandsPeople. Before that we are dependent for information about the deaths of our ancestors on newspaper obituaries, testaments and monumental inscriptions – though only a minority of pre-20th century Highlanders could afford a gravestone. The society records and publishes monumental inscriptions from Highland burial grounds. Basic details of every individual mentioned in these inscriptions (name, date of death, age – if recorded – and the name of the cemetery) can be found in our Burials Index.

The society also publishes transcriptions of Free Church and other registers of baptisms & marriages and records of monumental inscriptions from Highland burial grounds – for details of which please see Publications.