The City’s Archives most important source for the family historian are the records of the poor law authorities which contain over one million applications for poor relief.
Our Poor Law leaflet provides further information on the records we hold.
To comply with Data Protection legislation, records relating to adults are normally closed for 75 years and for 100 years in respect of children.
Poor law authorities were responsible for children separated from their parents and the records can contain information about children who were fostered or adopted.
There are restrictions on access to these records if less than 100 years old. If your enquiry concerns records of this nature, please contact Glasgow City Council’s Families for Children department for assistance: