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Family History

Family History Resources:

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The main family history collections are housed in Aberdeen Central Library. Sources available include:

  • Old Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths up to 1854 for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire on microfilm
  • Census returns 1841-1901 for the same areas on microfilm
  • Microfiche indexes to baptisms and marriages
  • International Genealogical Index 1992 edition for Scotland arranged by counties
  • Published family histories
  • Transcripts of a number of Episcopal Church records and local monumental inscriptions

Download our guide to Family History sources to learn more about what we hold (PDF 2.3MB).

Online Family History Resources


Find My Past logo

Find My Past is a family history resource featuring thousands of records including census returns and immigration records. Please note that records from Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand are not included.

Ancestry Library Edition logo

Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most popular family history websites, offering access to billions of names and records worldwide.

British Newspaper Archive logo The British Newspaper Archive is now available for all users of Aberdeen City Libraries. The website contains millions of historical newspapers, including thousands of pages from the Aberdeen Journal (1798 - 1950) and the Evening Express (1879 - 1954).  Please note, library users must register on the website before commencing free searches and downloads.


All of the above resources are available to use in any Aberdeen City Library. Unfortunately however they are not available remotely. Using the links above will only work when done from an Aberdeen City Library.

Download our guide to Online Family History Resources to learn more about how we can help with your research (PDF 459KB).

Scotland's People logo

Scotland's People Public Library Voucher Scheme

Aberdeen City Libraries can now offer customers a discounted rate to access the ScotlandsPeople website. The website is the official government source for genealogical data for Scotland. It provides access to most of the Statutory Registers of births, marriages and deaths from 1855, the Old Parish Registers prior to 1855, Census Records from 1841 to 1901, Wills & Testaments from 1513 to 1901 and Coats of Arms from 1672 to 1907.

Instead of registering online and purchasing 30 credits for 7.00 to view search results and images, library customers can now purchase Starter Vouchers for 7.00 to get 60 credits, or Top-up Vouchers at 5.60 to get 30 credits. Vouchers are now available for sale in the Information Centre in the Central Library along with selected branches. Information Centre staff can also help customers to use their vouchers and advise them on how to search the records on the website. For more information, download our Scotland's People voucher leaflet (PDF 560KB).

Click here to go to the Scotland's People website.

Download the leaflet Getting started with Family History (PDF 400kb.)
A separate file can be downloaded containing the Record of Ancestors & Continuation Sheets(PDF 50kb)

Contact Details

  • Aberdeen Library and Information Services:
    Local Studies,
    Central Library,
    Rosemount Viaduct,
    Aberdeen City Council.
    AB25 1GW.

    Tel: 01224 652543
    Fax: 01224 624118

Please remember to include your full name and postal address in any e-mail enquiry to assist us should we need to send you copies of relevant material.

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