Trace your history

The Genealogy and records service is a contact point for enquirers wanting to know about the records held by the organisation since the 1870s when William Quarrier opened his first night shelter for Glasgow street children.

Genealogy and Records Service

If you were a former boy or girl or are checking the information held on this website on behalf of a friend or relative who was, read about our Genealogy and Records Service to find out about the service we offer to former boys and girls.

Accessing your records

If you are a descendant or other associate of a former resident, whether they were migrated to Canada, Australia or remained in Scotland, we can share information from records we hold, within the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2000.

Search for a relative

If you have reason to believe the relative you are seeking was here, we can search the database free of charge. You will only be asked to make a payment if your relative was here and you would like a copy of the record.

Approximately 30,000 children spent at least some of their childhood in the Orphan Homes of Scotland, a name changed in 1958 to Quarriers Homes. Each child’s entry to and departure from the Homes was recorded as was basic information about the family’s circumstances. Records generally include more information about the progress of the individual child from the mid-1960s. These records are now contained on a securely held digital database and have a simple search facility.

What is the Genealogy and Records Service?

The Genealogy and records service is a contact point for enquirers wanting to know about the records held by the organisation since the 1870s when William Quarrier opened his first night shelter for Glasgow street children.

If you yourself used to stay in the Homes – or you are enquiring to assist a former resident – then you can request access to your record.

If you are a descendent of a person who stayed here, you can apply for a copy of the records for which there is a £25 fee from here. You can also make an initial enquiry to confirm that your ancestor was resident here without charge – please fill out the basic enquiry form.