Data Sources

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Interested in family history? - The sources listed below will be relevant, but please also see
the supplementary page of notes for family history researchers.

Sources of information on the history of Burntisland

The following tables have links to the main sources of data on Burntisland's history, plus a page of notes for family history researchers.

Information available on this web site

It's worth trying a search of this website. You never know what you might find!

Burntisland Heritage Trust
The Trust holds regular summer exhibitions of general interest at its premises at 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland. During the exhibitions, the public also have access to the extensive holdings of pictures, scrapbooks and other material.

A list of publications about Burntisland. Most of these are available in Kirkcaldy Central Library (see below) and some of them in Burntisland Library (also see below).

Fife Council Archives
A listing of the papers of Burntisland Town Council and related organisations, from the period 1689 to 1975. There is also a link to Fife Council Archives' own website, where you can browse for other Burntisland material.

Statistical Accounts
Life in Burntisland in the 1790s and a link to 1836.

Burntisland Residents in 1633
Gill Paterson's list of 277 names, taken from the stent list (taxation roll) of October 1633.

Some notes for family history researchers


Information available elsewhere

National Records of Scotland
Their extensive holdings include Burntisland church records, valuation rolls, maps and plans, wills, land records, court records, records of taxes, and the papers of the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company and the North British Railway Company. The ScotlandsPeople records are also now their responsibility.

Historic Environment Scotland
Comprehensive information and images relating to everything from individual houses to cities. They are also now responsible for the
CANMORE database which has details of many of Burntisland's historic buildings.

National Library of Scotland
Noted for having, inter alia, what is reckoned to be the best map collection in Scotland.

Registers of Scotland
The custodians of information on ownership of Scotland's land and properties. They will carry out property searches, and have a facility on their web site for ordering copies of old title deeds. The deeds themselves are held by the National Records of Scotland (see above) and can be examined by visiting NRS.

Kirkcaldy Central Library
The holdings include most of the publications listed in the Bibliography, old photographs and maps, microfilm copies of local newspapers (notably the Fife Free Press 1871 to date, and the Fifeshire Advertiser 1845 to 1965), and copies of family history source material such as censuses and parish registers.

Burntisland Library
Burntisland Library has some historical information, including lending copies of the most popular books on Burntisland's history.

Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
As well as having many Burntisland artefacts in storage, the Museum holds a large collection of photographs of Burntisland.

Fife Council Archives
See above.

Cemeteries and Burial Records
Burntisland has three cemeteries: the churchyard of the Kirkton Church in Church Street; the churchyard of the  Parish Church in East Leven Street; and the new cemetery (opened about 1885) in Kinghorn Road. For more information, please see 'Deaths and burials' on the Family History page.

Fife Family History Society: 'The Archives of Fife'
We strongly recommend this comprehensive booklet by Andrew Campbell of the FFHS (although it may now be out of print).

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