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  • The ruins of Arbroath Abbey
    Arbroath Abbey
  • Looking up to the cathedral's stained glass window with the tower at the side of the building
    Brechin Cathedral and Tower, Angus
  • The statue dedicated to the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath on a bright day, Angus
    The statue dedicated to the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath, Angus
  • Looking across to the harbour of Montrose, an attractive town and port on the east coast of Angus
    Montrose, an attractive town and port on the east coast of Angus
  • The exterior of Verdant Works, Dundee
    Verdant Works, Dundee

Explore ancestry in Dundee & Angus and find out if you have connections with the birthplace of Scottish independence. Visit historical attractions and archive centres to research your family tree, and find out if your ancestors were involved with defining moments in Scotland’s history.

From the Declaration of Arbroath to the peak of Dundee’s jute industry, the region’s heritage proves a fascinating subject to explore.

The historical city of Dundee is a great place to begin researching your family history, boasting excellent genealogical facilities including the Dundee City Archives in City Square and the Family History Centre in the Wellgate Shopping Centre. The Tay Family History Society on Princes Street welcomes ancestry enquires on Dundee & Angus, the Kingdom of Fife and Perthshire.

Dundee boasts a renowned industrial history, with many locals making their living by working in the prosperous jute industry. Learn about the social history of your ancestors by visiting the Verdant Works, a former jute mill which is now museum.

Continue your ancestral journey and discover if you have connections with Angus, regarded by many as ‘Scotland’s Birthplace’ because of the connection between Arbroath Abbey and the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. Local history research material can be found at Arbroath Signal Tower Museum, and the Angus Archives includes archives for Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Montrose and Monifieth.

Burial grounds can provide useful sources of information and a real sense of connection when exploring your roots. Take a Historical Kirkyard Trail to see the final resting places of your ancestors.

To help plan and make the most of your ancestry holiday in Dundee & Angus, visit the Tayroots website for useful information on researching your family history, or check out the brilliant booklet Angus Heritage - Tracing Your Family's History for lots of handy tips and lists of helpful resources.