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Stonehouse Heritage Group (SHG) are a voluntary group formed in 1991. The First Project embarked on was the inputting of census information on the village of  Stonehouse (Lanarkshire) into a computer database. The First census return to be input was the 1891 census. Search routines were developed so that the data could be easily accessed through a number of options that included Surname, full Name, Address etc therefore providing an extremely quick search facility. Since then a number of other census years have been transcribed as has school records and other information linked to Stonehouse. Work is still on going  and is a slow process with only a handful of working volunteers .

Our website which was created in 1997 www.stonehouseheritage.co.uk  offers a fascinating insight to Stonehouse village history,  family history research as well as providing a social record of life in the village around the late 1800’s. Whilst not all of our information has been transferred onto the web site the group continues to work towards transferring other information to the site as soon as it has been transcribed into a format that can be used and has the funding available to do so.

Our website includes an on-line searchable index of Census information for Stonehouse, OPR and church records, School admission records, Gallery of old pictures, School photographs examples from the collection can be viewed but full unrestricted access to the Historical Data for a year requires membership costing eleven pounds sterling.

Information Resources

Payment of £11.00 will give  an annual membership to the group,  provides unrestricted access to all online data for one year.  Following the introduction of the website  membership of the group expanded to over 60 members from Scotland, England, Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and a whole host of other countries.

Obtaining  access to a resource room above the library at 4/5 the Cross Stonehouse ML9 3LO in the early part of 2000-2001 the group provided members of the public (on a request basis)  access to what records it had.   Unfortunately due to local authourity cuts the premises closed in 2012 and the group moved to a shared room in the new lifestyles hall at Udston Mill road. The resource room is manned every third Saturday by one of our members and given some notice we can organise to meet most week days.

In our resource room we have copies of our local newsletter, cemetery inscription records, old school admission records, school diaries, scholar autographs,parish and census records, pit deaths, collections of local area photographs and a small collection of school photographs some of which are currently not on the website.

Family History

For family history research the ideal starting point is your own family including relatives and older friends who may all be able to provide useful information. Documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates, school and army records, photographs, scrapbooks, family bibles etc can help to build a fuller picture of your family’s history.

From 1 January 1855 all births, marriages and deaths had to be registered. All these certificates usually give the names of the parents. So, for example, if you knew one of these dates for a grandparent, the certificate from the local registrar’s office will give the names of the great-grandparents.

For records prior to 1855 researchers have to rely on church registers of baptisms, marriage and burials, wills, censuses, gravestone inscriptions and other miscellaneous records. These and other information resources have been transferred and are now stored on our website database.

If your roots are in Stonehouse you can search our Historical Data pages on our website to help trace your family tree as well as read about our past. The Heritage Group database holds a collection of unique records that can be searched easily by entering a few characters in the search fields within each topic category.

stonehouse heritage boys listening To make contact with the group write to the secretary at info@stonehouseheritage.co.uk.

Please note that any photographs viewed on the site can be purchased without the watermark, costs of an A4 sized photograph would be in the region of £10.00 including postage or a smaller digital resolution can be provided at £5.00 each.

If you have photographs or information that you would like to see displayed on our site or would like to share with our group please do not hesitage to contact us on the link above.