Local History Centre Collections
The Local History Centre provides a fantastic service that will help you trace your family tree, find out about the history of your house or simply answer that nagging question about the history of East Lothian.
On this website you will find indexes listing the daily contents of the Haddingtonshire Courier (now the East Lothian Courier) from October 1859 up to December 1902. We add more indexes all the time, so it will be worth checking regulary for additions. The newspaper indexes were prepared by volunteers carefully going through each newspaper to make up the lists; other volunteers are working on related indexing. Come and visit us in the John Gray Centre to see the newspapers themselves. They’re a fascinating resource, and can help flesh out your research – they include everything from court cases to obituaries, business ads to local news.
We hold a vast amount of other resources in the Centre too, many of which are unavailable elsewhere. The Old Parish Registers and censuses will form the basis for a family tree. Further information can be added from our extensive book collection, Sasines, Valuation Rolls, monumental inscription books, burial/mortcloth registers and annual registers.