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Forfar Library - Genealogy Resources

General Information

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Forfar Library holds a collection of books and ephemera highlighting all aspects of Forfar past and present. Many other areas of Angus are also represented. There is a microfilm viewer/printer, microfiche reader and a photocopier for public use.

Old Parish Registers (OPR’s)

Each library holds the OPR’s for its immediate area.

An Angus wide collection of OPR microfilms can be found in Angus Archives.


Each library holds the census for its immediate area.

An Angus wide collection of census on microfilm can be found in Angus Archives.

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The IGI for Scotland is available in all full time libraries.


Newspaper Dates Format
Angus Herald 1930 - 1933 Microfilm, Indexed
Forfar Dispatch 1912 - to date
1952 - 1986
Microfilm Indexed
Bound, Indexed to July 1987
Forfar Herald 1884 - 1930
1923 - 1929
Microfilm, Indexed
Bound, Indexed
Forfar Reformer 1883 - 1884 Microfilm
Forfar Review 1912 - 1924
1925 - 1926
Forfar Times 1974 - 1978 Bound

Forfar also holds part of the index to Kirriemuir’s newspapers.

Voters Rolls

See the Angus Remembrancer and Oliver & Boyd’s Edinburgh Almanac Angus Supplement.

Valuation Rolls

Burgh 1925-1975 (Except 1927/28, 1928/29, 1930/31, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1940/41, 1941/42, 1947/48)
County 1895-1930


Forfar Directory and Yearbook - 1885 -1939
(Missing 1896, 1912, 1917-26, 1930-34)

Forfar District Almanac and Yearbook (no date)

Royal Burgh of Forfar Directory - 1972

Angus Mearns Remembrancer* - 1829-1846

Oliver & Boyd’s Edinburgh Almanac*- 1833-1894

*Both of these contain lists of voters, officials, writers, militias, ministers, etc.

Monumental Inscriptions (M.I.’s)

Pre 1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Angus - ed. A. Mitchell.


Forfar Library holds a large collection of maps including a complete 6 inch Angus set for 1865 and nearly complete sets for 1902, 1927. The 25 inch set for 1902 and 1920 is nearly complete. The 1976 1: 10,000 maps are held for the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas. Other maps in the collection are Wood’s plans of Brechin, Forfar, Montrose and Arbroath. There are also various 19th century estate plans and maps by Pont and Gordon, Blackadder, Moll.


*Forfar Shoemakers 1626 - 1813

Forfar Watchmakers

*Forfar Weavers 1627 - 1836

*Roup Roll of Meikle Miln of Kirriemuir 1750

*Original documents held in Angus Archives at the Angus Archives


The Library holds a large collection of original photographs showing people, places and events. The Meffan holds the entire Forfar collection as contact prints.

And Finally...

Forfar Library holds a number of other items of interest to the genealogist

Fasti Ecclesie Scoticanae - lists every Church of Scotland Minister.

Journals of the Spalding Club, Scottish Text Society, Scottish History society and Scottish Genealogist.

The John C. Ewing Bequest - An extensive collection of books on Scottish history.

Tiend roll of the Parish of Forfar 1939.

Register of Sasines of the Burgh of Forfar, Index of persons, 1809-1914.

Available is a list of indexes, transcripts and holdings of manuscript and burgh material held by Angus Archives at the Angus Archives.


Gavin Hunter
Forfar Library
50/56 West High Street

01307 476476

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