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, EagleshamErskineEastwood, Greenock, Houston & Killellan, Inchinnan, Inverkip, Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Lochwinnoch, Mearns, Neilston, Paisley, Port Glasgow and Renfrew.

Please note change of address for the Society’s monthly meetings from September 2018


The Society holds regular Meetings throughout the year covering topics of interest to family historians. Due to the refurbishment of Paisley Museum,  Meetings will now be held at 9 High Street Paisley PA1 2AE and are usually held on 3rd Thursday of the month (except December) at 7.30pm.

Our first meeting of the new session is on:

Thursday, 20th September 2018  

Louise Turner (Author/Archaeologist)  “Medieval Renfrewshire and Beyond – The Semples”

We welcome all to our meetings.  After the presentation everyone will have the opportunity to chat whilst enjoying a cuppa of Barbara’s delicious tea or coffee.



New – Paisley’s Fallen in the War 1914-1918 (revised and edited)

A PDF copy of this book may be viewed here.

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.

Our volunteers at our ‘home’ in the Abbey – are a welcoming bunch!




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.