The Archive Centre looks after documents covering the last 500 years of Fife history.
This includes the minute books of Fife Council and records of the other official bodies that have been maintaining roads and dealing with other county wide issues since 1709.
All sorts of different people appear in the records including schoolteachers and pupils, coal miners, and even witches.
Our main role is to ensure the permanent preservation of the records and to make them available to members of the public at the Archive Centre.
You can make enquiries using the online archives catalogue search to see the sort of records we hold or to look for something specific.
Or you are welcome to visit our centre - we are open to the public from Monday to Friday between 9am - 12 noon and 1pm - 5pm (by appointment).
On your first vist you will be asked to bring proof of id so that we can register you as a reader. We can arrange to stay open until 7.15pm on Tuesdays (as long as this has been arranged in advance with the Archivist).
Some of the Council's archive records are stored elsewhere at Libraries, Museums and other Council buildings - ask staff for further details.
Further archive information can be accessed at:
Access to the Ancestry website is available for free in Kirkcaldy Central, Dunfermline Carnegie, Cupar and Methil Libraries to help you research your family history.
Fife Council Archives Catalogue
The catalogue describes the records held at Fife Council's Archive Centre - it does not contain images of the documents. Records include school records, town council minutes, Dean of Guild plans, hospital records, the Fife Constabulary records and the Scotspeak Sound Archive.
When you've found the reference number of something that interests you, contact us using the details listed to:
- visit us to view the records free of charge; or
- request copies to be sent to you for a fee
This catalog only searches documents held within the main archive.
To search for newspaper and magazine articles held in Libraries please click here
Or contact staff for advice on where to find Fife records held elsewhere.
For more information contactArchives & Records Management Section
Tel: 01592 583352 Contact Archives & Records Management Section online
By Post: Fife Council, Carleton House The Haig Business Park, Balgonie Road, Markinch, Glenrothes KY7 6AQ