Strathard Heritage Digital Archive





Useful Additional Sources for Local History in Strathard.

The purpose of the web site is to focus on and share many aspects of the history of Strathard. At the heart of this is the place and its people. There are a number of sources of information and help available to assist you in your local history and family research. If you want to add further to some history of the area the Kinlochard Village web site has an excellent section called “Memories of Kinlochard”.

On the same web site, the history of Kinlochard and its local environment is also available

On Facebook the page “Aberfoyle Past and Present “is a very useful resource. As well as regular posting of photographs you can also seek information and help. Also, on Facebook you will find the Loch Ard Local History Group page which is mainly used to post details of forthcoming events.

If you are in Aberfoyle take a look at the Visit Scotland iCentre. They have an excellent range of books and other information. Over the years they have diligently gathered research material in a book that they keep behind the counter!

If you want to research further about the area its worth making contact with Stirling Council Archives as follows:

By Email:

By Post: Stirling Council Archives, 5 Borrowmeadow Road, Springkerse Estate, Stirling FK7 7UW

By Phone:  01786 450745

Prior to 1974 much of the area was part of Perthshire County Council so contact with the archive service in Perth may be worthwhile.

Perth & Kinross Archive
A K Bell Library
York Place
Perth,  PH2 8EP

Tel: +44 (0)1738 477022
Fax: +44 (0)1738 477010

Another useful resource is the Directory of the Scottish Local History Forum . The Directory provides details of Scottish local history Resources and the Organisations which hold them.

The ‘go to’ website for a lot of information is called Scotland’s People. You will need to register and can view a massive range of information including records of the Aberfoyle Kirk Session back to 1740. This is also the site for births, deaths and marriages as well as census returns. Some of this access requires payment and there may be copyright restrictions.

Maps are another source of information and we are fortunate in Scotland that we have access to an extensive collection of maps at the National Library of Scotland. There can be viewed online and subject to their agreement the maps can usually be downloaded.

More locally the Central Scotland Family History Society are a group of volunteers who are always willing to help. You can contact them here.

There are several other organisations depending upon your area of interest but local archive services are often the best starting point as they can save you many hours of time. They are experienced in dealing with a wide range of requests and often offer advice for free although you may generate fees if you require extensive research undertaken on your behalf.

James Kennedy 9th April 2024.