Fife, Scotland Public Record Office
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Kirkcaldy Central Local Office
Town House, 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW
08451 55 00 77
The Local Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9 am – 5pm; and Wednesday 10am – 5pm
The Fife Council maintained its Genealogy Service until closure in 2012. Registry clerks will still assist the general public by compiling and professionally researching ancestry and local family tree information. If you desire assistance with an inquiry concerning family history based in the County of Fife, call the Central Local Office to set up an appointment with a registry clerk. Both general and specific searches of indexes and records are available. Access is permitted to genealogical information in statutory records dating back to 1855; parish records extend even further back. Copies and search fees vary depending on the number and age of records requested.
The historic county Fife is today deemed a council area on the Firth of Forth (estuary of the River Forth). The area has a long history extending back to ancient times. It was once, according to unsubstantiated legend, a province in the Kingdom of the Picts. Clatchard Craig, a fort high atop a craggy hill near the town of Newburgh, was once a Pictish stronghold back in the Dark Ages (6th to 8th Centuries A.D.) Beginning with King Malcolm, Fife became an important royal headquarters as the leaders of Scotland gravitated southwards. Malcolm and his wife Margaret donated funds to help build the Dunfermline Abbey. From thence forward, the Abbey became the burial site of Scottish royalty. The Earldom of Fife became very prestigious; Earls were responsible for crowing Scottish kings. In Falkland, the Scottish royals built themselves a sumptuous palace. The Stuart kings vacationed and hunted the varied wildlife wandering about nearby forests and glens.
The small ports strung along Fife’s coast have long served as rich connections for trade with the Netherlands, Flanders and other Low Countries in such Scottish resources as linen, wool, salt and coal. The ports also harbor a rich fishery in the North Sea. With all the comings and goings through Fife over the centuries, many folk from around the world now tracing family lineage to royalty, aristocracy and other illustrious Scottish forbears travel to Fife to research their Celtic genealogies.