Work set to start on genealogy centre
THE £1.6-million transformation of two famous Capital buildings into a new "one-stop shop" for genealogy research is set to get under way within months, it was revealed today.
The Scottish Family History Centre campus will span the A-listed General Register House and adjacent New Register House at the East End of Princes Street.
Two new public rooms containing information from the General Register Office for Scotland, National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon are expected to be operational by 2006.
Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry today said: "We have two landmark buildings here which are architectural treasures, but the public can't properly enjoy them. This project will change that. The buildings contain a treasure trove of information reflecting the personal histories of Scots over many centuries.
"The creation of a single family history campus will unite the efforts of three offices providing genealogy research services. It will produce a first-class facility - a visitor attraction in its own right."
The centre will also include exhibition and retail spaces, improved disabled access and enhanced online facilities.
The National Archives of Scotland holds records spanning the 12th to 21st centuries, touching on virtually every aspect of Scottish life. Backers believe the complex will attract people from around the world.
Tourism Minister Frank McAveety added: "Research shows that many visitors to Scotland give ‘family roots and ancestry’ as the main influence on their decision to holiday in Scotland. The National Archives of Scotland holds records spanning the 12th to 21st centuries, touching on virtually every aspect of Scottish life. Scotland is fortunate in having some of the best genealogical resources in the world.
"The development of a Family History Service provides a valuable opportunity to attract more visitors and maximise use of this tremendous resource."
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