The Renfrewshire Family History Society holds meetings at the Paisley Museum, High Street,  Paisley.

All meetings except where intimated are held at Paisley Museum, High Street,  Paisley at 7:30pm. Speakers and Subjects are listed for each monthly meeting.

You will also find directions and access at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, 21th September 2017

Bruce Bishop, “Why Can’t I Find My Ancestors”

Thursday, 19th October 2017

Workshop, to be held in Paisley Museum (where our monthly meetings are usually held)

Thursday, 16th November 2017

Dane Love, “The Covenanters in Renfrewshire”

Thursday, 7th December 2017

Members Evening – A fun night for all

Thursday, 18th January 2018

Ken Nisbet, “The 1911 Census”

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Workshop, to be held in the Heritage Centre, Paisley. Follow up to October’s workshop – David Weir (Heritage Co-ordinator Renfrewshire Council) will provide appropriate Family History material from the Council’s Archives.

Thursday, 15th March 2018

Liam Devlin, HM Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms, Court of Lord Lyon, “The Old Pretender in Bologna”

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Hunter Wilson, “Reflections”

Thursday, 17th May 2018

Annual General Meeting followed by a presentation by John R McGregor, “The Russell Institute, Paisley” (before 2017)

Thursday, 21st June 2018

Annual outing is to The Old West Kirk, Greenock (now part of Lyle Kirk).   The original Old West Kirk was built on the waterside on the banks of the West Burn and opened for worship in 1596.  In 1920s the church was demolished stone by stone and rebuilt on the Seafield site by Harland and Wolf.  They had bought Cairds the shipbuilders and church building was blocking any expansion. It was agreed that Harland and Wolf would pay to have the church relocated.  It reopened in 1927.

All those interested meet outside the Church at 19:15 for 19:30

Campbell Street/Esplanade, Greenock PA16 7SD

Paisley Museum Address:
Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA Phone: 0300 300 1210

Located at the top end of Paisley High Street, Paisley Museum, is opposite the University of the West of Scotland and is only a short walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station, which is just 10 minutes by regular rail service from Glasgow Central Station.


There is limited public parking at Paisley Museum at the time of our meetings only. Blue Badge holders are advised to phone the Museum in advance of their visit and staff will try to accommodate a space if possible.

On-street parking is available nearby.


Paisley Museum is accessible to wheelchair users or to those that have restricted mobility.

The address for any postal enquiries is:

Renfrewshire Family History Society,
c/o 51 Mathie Crescent,
PA19 1YU