Based in Inverness, the Highland Archive Centre is responsible for collecting, preserving and making accessible archives relating to the history of the Highlands.
Archives in the care of the centre consist of documents in different formats from charts, minute books, correspondence and accounts, to maps, photographs and films. Official records created by The Highland Council and its predecessors, the former counties of Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness-shire and Nairnshire dating from 1890 to 1975 are held here as well as records filed by the eleven burghs within those countries, the earliest of which dates from the 13th century.
The Search Room is open to all members of the public free of charge and staff are always on hand to advise. Family History Research is an integral part of the Highland Archive Services and offers extensive collections of material which can be of assistance to anyone carrying out a family history research. Free advice and guidance on genealogical sources are freely given during a visit for a limited period of up to ten minutes.