Royal Burgh of Kinghorn - for residents and visitors alike

General sources for researching family history in Scotland (including Kinghorn).

Source 1.

The place to start researching your Kinghorn ancestors is at The National Records of Scotland. This is the main source for family history information in Scotland. The National Records of Scotland were recently formed by the amalgamation of ScotlandsPeople (GROS) and The National Archives of Scotland. The new website is not available at present so access is still through two separate websites:

1a. ScotlandsPeople (GROS) This can be accessed in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Princes Street, Edinburgh or online at: a pay per view site.

The following can be accessed at ScotlandsPeople:

Civil registers of:

Census Records (1841 – 1911) with indexes and images. There is no 1841 census for Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy or Kinglassie and several other Fife parishes.

Wills and Testaments: 1513 -1901.

Coats of Arms: 1672 – 1909.

1b. The National Archives of Scotland is located at the east end of Princes Street in Edinburgh next door to the ScotlandsPeople Centre. The National Archives of Scotland holds and makes available historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies. Although a number of records have been digitized and are available on computer at the National Archives of Scotland, there are no records available online at present so you have to visit.

Useful documents available in digitized format in the Historical search room include:

The catalogue of records held may be searched at:  and copies of documents may be ordered online. The catalogue may also be searched for the names of individuals as well as places and produces references for many Kinghorn people through the centuries.

Source 2.

LDS FamilySearch at:

This site is Free! There is a searchable transcript of Kinghorn Parish Register (Church of Scotland only) with baptisms (1577 – 1855) and marriages (1689 to 1854). This site gives basic information but not details such as occupation or abode which you may find on the images at ScotlandsPeople. There are several different ways to search the site:

LDS Batch Numbers for Kinghorn are:

Baptisms:       Marriages

C114391;  1855 - 1875    M114391 1855 - 1875  

C114392;  1577 - 1689    M114392 1827 - 1833

C114394;  1689 - 1725    M114394 1689 - 1724

C114395;  1725 - 1782    M114395 1725 - 1782

C114396;  1781 - 1819    M114396 1782 - 1820

C114397 1820 - 1855    M114397 1820 – 1854

Source 3.


Freecen provides free transcripts of the census records (1841 – 1891) for the UK in general. Transcripts are provided by local volunteers and coverage is patchy. There is generally one complete census for each area. In Scotland most of the 1841 census has been transcribed, but there is no 1841 census for Kinghorn. The ferry that was carrying the enumerator’s forms from Fife to Edinburgh was lost in the Forth. A free searchable transcript of the 1851 Census for Kinghorn is available at:

More sources to follow later.

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