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

Our April Meeting on the 20th of the month is an 'open mic' night when members are invited to tell us of their experiences in family history and recount any stories of their ancestors. Its always a good night and we look forward to hearing how other people are getting on. If any member would like to use the projector please let us know by email to

Family History Webinars from the National Archives

During the first week of April the National Archives will run a series of Family History webinars. They run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th at 1pm to 2pm with the following subjects:

Monday. Census Records. Tips for tracing relatives

Tuesday. Using 'Discovery' the National Archives online catalogue, the key to tracing records at National Archives

Wednesday. Criminal Ancestors. Records of trials, incarceration and transportation

Thursday. Emigration Records. Passenger lists, passports and assisted passages

Friday. First World War Army Ancestors. How to use army records in The National Archives

These webinars are free and only available on line. If you are interested in any of them you should register on the National Archives website - - and sit down with your computer at 1 o'clock on the day(s).

New Website for Ayrshire Archives

Ayrshire Archives have announced a new Website and Facebook Page.

To find out all about Ayrshire Archives and keep up to date with their services visit the website at

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Scots News Magazine

The March Issue of the Scots News magazine published in Queensland, Australia has been received in pdf format. Any member wishing to read articles in the magazine can get a pdf copy by applying to

South Ayrshire History & Family History Fair 2017

The South Ayrshire History & Family History fair is scheduled for Saturday the 3rd of June in the Walker Hall, Troon. The talks will cover some anticipated archaeological investigations in Ayr, Ayrshire links with Robert the Bruce, Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch and Ayrshire content in SCRAN resources. Further information in due course.