Renfrewshire Family History Society

Renfrewshire Family History Society was founded in March 1999 and has Charitable status.It exists to promote the study of Family History, based on the County of  Renfrewshire encompassing Abbey Parish, Cathcart, EagleshamErskine Eastwood, Greenock, Houston & Killellan, Inchinnan, Inverkip, Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Lochwinnoch, Mearns, Neilston, Paisley, Port Glasgow and Renfrew.

New Research Facilities at Paisley Abbey

We are now in Paisley Abbey, Cathcart Aisle on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am – 11.45am. Both days are manned by RFHS volunteers who will help anyone in their search for family.

Some of our volunteers at our ‘home’ in the Abbey – a welcoming bunch!

in Abbey


We are currently transcribing Asylum Warrants for ‘Smithston Asylum, Greenock’. This happens at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.


The Society holds regular Meetings throughout the year covering topics of interest to family historians. Meetings are held in the The Museum, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th October at 7.30pm – this will be a workshop, so please bring along whatever you’re currently working – or stuck! – on and hopefully someone will be on hand to help and to point you in the right direction. Please note this meeting will be held in the Heritage Centre (adjacent to the Museum) access via library stairs.

At the end of the evening everyone will have the opportunity to chat whilst enjoying a biscuit (or two) along with a cuppa of Barbara’s delicious tea or coffee.


Membership is available to anyone with an interest in family history in, or relating to Renfrewshire, on payment of the annual subscription. Membership entitlements will include Society newsletters and guidance with Family History Research.

Select Membership for details of how to join our Society


The Society publishes a Journal twice in the year, which is issued to its members without charge. Articles of interest are published as well as records of meetings. Contributions and ideas are always welcome.

Members may also include their interests which is published in our Journal free of

Select Journal 11 to view a sample of one of our Journals.