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General Register House

Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: H M General Register House 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-535-1314

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This is known as the Dome to locals lawyers (not the Dome that is the pub on George Street) with the monument to Wellington in front of it. In here you can find details of every... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I've been visiting here for several years, tracing my family. It's always a pleasure - great surroundings, friendly and helpful staff, and I always find something unexpected and of interest. We in Scotland are so fortunate to have this amazing resource. The computerisation makes it much quicker and easier, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to miss actually... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

After hearing an enthusiastic review of the midwifery exhibition on BBC Radio Scotland decided to go along during a visit to Edinburgh. We initially missed the tiny exhibition as we walked through the building. What a shame that it was not more prominent. There were lots of interesting documentation however a pity as there was so much more that could... More 

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The General Register House is right in front of Waverley Station as you exit. You can go in and find out anything you want to know about your ancestors. It is a government building so check the opening hours.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

This is known as the Dome to locals lawyers (not the Dome that is the pub on George Street) with the monument to Wellington in front of it. In here you can find details of every death, birth & marriage in Scotland - huge amount of information in here

Thank ScottishTemplar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

thois is an old historic building with a wealth of history immaculately kept well worth a visit all part of the great Scottish history of clans names and history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

At the end of Princes Street, an impressive Georgian building. Central reading room has a ceiling worth the visit.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

For anyone interested in their Scottish roots this is a must do. Tons of records, good value and helpful, friendly staff.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

entry is free , but it is a good idea to book ahead for a computer screen and desk especially during the peak times in the summer. The cost for a day is £15.00 which is reasonable considering the information that can be sourced. They also have taster sessions that are free. Recently some of the search rooms have been... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Register house holds all the records of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland - some here, some at West Register House. As far as I know entry is restricted and the most you will see is what you see from the outside.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Went to do some research for ancestry. Great resources. Found lots!

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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