Troon on the Ayrshire Coast is famous among railway enthusiasts as one end of the first railway in Scotland to use a steam locomotive. The line had been developed by the Duke of Portland in 1812 to carry coal from his coal mines at Kilmarnock to the port at Troon and introduced steam power some five years later. Since then the town has grown to become the main town in the Parish of Dundonald.

The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society founded in 1989 has built up a wide range of knowledge on the people of Dundonald and the other parishes in South Ayrshire. Please browse our website to learn more about us and the assistance we can give to people researching their Scottish Ancestry.

Latest News

Society Meetings

Happy New Year to all members

Our first meeting of 2017 will be on Thursday 19th of January when Ian McVey will give us a talk on Ayrshire Place Names. We are fascinated by the names of our family members but sometimes the places where they stay can be equally interesting and sometimes just as puzzling. If the topic of place names is one you would like to follow up then see the Place names Research item on this page.

ScotlandsPeople website New year Update

Records have now been released on line at of births registered in 1916, marriages in 1941 and deaths in 1966.

Place Names Research - a Glasgow University project - link to a PDF

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Free Genealogy Course - Strathclyde University

The Srtrathclyde University Genealogy MOOC is going LIVE again in the New Year on the Future Learning website

This FREE online course called ‘Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree”, which starts on the 16th of January, will help you;

  • Develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques.
  • Consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy.
  • Add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion.

Over 12,000 people from all over the world signed up for the MOOC when it ran in August 2016. Check out #FLGenealogy on Twitter to find out how they got on!

To sign up, visit and click the ‘join’ button. For further information on our Genealogy programme, you can reach us by emailing .

Society Journal No. 79

The latest edition of our journal has been printed and is being posted out to all our members. The content includes an account of just how much family information can be mined from an old book that celebrated 100 years of Galston Parish Church, a family connection to a Mauchline Church Elder known to Robert Burns and the Ayrshire connections of Robert the Bruce. You can also read about the development of communications particularly in Scotland from 1776 when letters took 3 days to get from Ayr to Edinburgh (is it any faster now?) through to Alexander Graham Bell's telephone 100 years later.

East Ayrshire FHS 20th Anniversary

In March 2017 the East Ayrshire Family History Society is hosting two events in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its founding. On the 9th of the Month the Society will hold the joint meeting of the Ayrshire Family History Societies in The Johnnie Walker Bond, Strand Street , Kilmarnock at 7pm. The speaker will be Dr. Irene O'Brien and her topic will be Heritage Along the Clyde.

The second celebration event will be a Family History Fair on Saturday the 18th of the Month in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock from 10:15am to 4:15pm.

Australian Family History Society Journals

We have now received pdf versions of the December issues of The Scots News from Queensland and The Cedar Log, the journal of the Richmond-Tweed FHS, from New South Wales. Any member who would like to read either of these please send a request to