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The resources on this page are available by remote access and within libraries unless stated otherwise.

Silver City Vault

The Silver City Vault contains over a thousand images of Aberdeen, along with over 50,000 records from various sources including our Obituary Index, Marriage Index, List of Paupers, Periodical Index and Newspaper Index.
So, if you are looking to trace an Aberdeen ancestor, search for a specific aspect of Aberdeen history or simply want to browse through our selection of fascinating images from the comfort of your own home - take a trip into the Vault and start exploring today...


Ancestry Library Edition

This is one of the most popular family history websites, offering access to billions of names and thousands of searchable databases. The collection includes historical records, publications, photographs, maps and family trees as well as messages boards, charts and forms.
Download our helpful Ancestry Library Leaflet.

Available in the Central Library and all community libraries. Not available remotely.



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 unfortunately, British newspaper and other records from Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand are not included in the library subscription.

Available in Aberdeen Central and all Community Libraries. Not available remotely.



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SCRAN is an award-winning learning website with over 360,000 images, videos and sounds from museums, galleries and archives. It covers a wide range of subjects including local history, architecture, fashion and much more.



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past. New entries are added three times yearly.



19th Century British Newspapers 19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to represent nineteenth century Britain and includes the Aberdeen Journal.


Scotsman Archive A2Z

Digital Archive of this leading Scottish Newspaper from 1817 to 1950.



Who's Who and Who Was Who Who's Who &Who Was Who offer online access to over 30,000 short biographies of living notable individuals, from all walks of life and over 10,000 entries from the archives dating back to 1898. Find details including full name, titles, D.O.B. and (if applicable) date of death, family history, education, honours, career history, publications and contact details.



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The Times Digital Archive gives access to over 200 years of the London Times from 1785 to 2006. On entering your library card number you find the Times among the choices displayed.



Scotlands People

Scotland's People is the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. The website can be accessed within the Central Library and all Community Libraries.

Providing 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, Scotland's people is an invaluable resource for researching Scottish ancestors.

Aberdeen City Libraries offer customers a discounted rate to access the Scotlands People website. 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. For more information, contact Local Studies or download the (PDF 560KB)

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