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Local Studies Online Resources

Many digital resources are available at the library to support research into local and family history. The resources listed below are organised by categories. Conditions of access might differ and are detailed for each resource.

Genealogical records

Ancestry Library Edition logo Ancestry Library Edition is one of the world's biggest and best commercial family history services. The library edition provides access to all of the records but does not feature some of the options possible with an individual account - e.g. saving records or creating a family tree. Free access in all Aberdeen City libraries. Download the User Guide.

Find My Past logo Find My Past is another major online commercial family history resource. The library offers free access to this site, where it is possible to create an account for personalised features such as creating a family tree and saving searches. Full access in all Aberdeen City libraries.

Scotland's People Logo Scotland's People is the official family history website of the Scottish Government. It is the only place on the web that images of many original Scottish historic records can be viewed. It is also the only online service with the 1911 census for Scotland. The site is a pay-per-view credit based service. The library offers discount vouchers for Scotland's People credits.

Historic newspapers

Newspapers record birth and marriage announcements, death notices and obituaries as well as news articles about incidents and achievements. They can provide greater detail and photographs to enhance research and capture the attitudes of the time.

British Newspaper Archive logo British Newspaper Archive is an extremely useful doorway into historic newspapers. It includes The Aberdeen Journal, The Press and Journal, Evening Express, The Aberdeen Free Press, The People's Journal, The Aberdeen Herald and much more. The website offers excellent search functions and the ability to download and save articles in PDF format.

The library has a subscription for unlimited on site access. Access is free but users need to create an account on the website.

  19th British Library Newspapers

The  19th Century British Library Newspapers website provides a selection of titles dating between 1800-1900 from around the British Isles, including The Aberdeen Journal. Remote and free access to all library members (Follow the link and enter library card number). 


Scotsman Archive A2Z Digital version of every edition of The Scotsman from 1817 to1950 via the  Scotsman Archive & UK Newsstand. Enter your card number and log in, then click on "News" to access the papers.

Maps, plans and directories

With maps and plans, you can find where your ancestors lived and trace the history of a given place. They give a very clear and immediate picture of the changes that have taken place in an area over time. NLS Map Images

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) provides free and remote access to a collection of digitised historic maps, with a wide coverage, including Aberdeen City, the United Kingdom and some foreign countries. The  NLS Map Images website is very intuitive and easy to use.

Post Office Directories give an alphabetical list of Aberdeen's inhabitants involved in trade. Individuals are listed under their name, their occupation and the street they lived or worked in. However, not all residents are listed. Directories can help you learn about where family members lived and worked, as well as their trade or profession.

Aberdeen Post Office directories

The National Library of Scotland has digitised a number of Aberdeen City Libraries' Post Office Directories for Aberdeen (18241911). The volumes are available on the Aberdeen Post Office directories website, free and available from home.


Iconographic documents and photographs are useful to see the changes in the urban and rural landscape and to illustrate your family history research.

Silver City Vault Logo Small The Silver City Vault is Aberdeen Local Studies' very own website. It offers online digital access to a large number of photographs and images. The appeal of SCV is not restricted purely to Aberdeen. The website is entirely free and accessible for remote users.  High quality copies of the majority of the images are available to purchase.


Logo for SCRAN SCRAN is an award-winning learning website with over 360,000 images, videos and sounds from museums, galleries and archives. On site and remote access - for remote access, enter library card number when prompted.

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