You might be interested in researching your family's history. If so, East Renfrewshire Library and Information Services can help. The Heritage Services staff are based at Giffnock Library and are very approachable and helpful.
The Portal to the Past site contains information and photos of the area and may also be worth a visit:
If you want to access Scotland's People, the national website for Scotland, you can buy vouchers at a discount from any of the Council's libraries.