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Local Studies Publications and Leaflets



Celebrate Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom cover

Celebrating Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom:
History and Memories 1929 - 2009

This colourful publication takes you on a journey through the decades
as told from personal stories, memories and photographs.
Read about the resident and visiting bands of the 40s and 50s,
pop groups from the 60s, competitive dancing, beauty competitions,
Touch of Tartan Ball and lots more………

Available to purchase from Central Library

Avery Pictorial Guide to Aberdeen 1909

A reprint of the original guide to
commemmorate the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

On Sale in Libraries at 3.00.

Avery Guide 1909

  Music Hall Publication

 Music Hall 150 years:

Celebrating 150 years of Aberdeen's famous concert hall by

Edi Swan.

Price 5.00

Copies can be purchased from the
Information Centre and
Adult Lending Desk in the Central Library


  Marischal College
Marischal College

  Beach Approach
Beach Approach

  St. Mark's & H.M. Theatre
St. Mark's Church & H.M. Theatre

 We sell a wide range of Postcards of historic views of
 Aberdeen, ranging from street scenes, harbour views,
 parks & gardens to buildings of interest.

 Shown here are samples of our postcard range with
 the one featuring views of the Central Library below.

 These postcards are on sale in all libraries at 30p each

 Copies of publications can be posted. Contact Local Studies (details at bottom of page)


Family History Leaflets (PDFs)

Family History Resources (PDF1.6MB) Family History Research in Aberdeen Central Library

Getting started with Family History  (0.5MB) A guide to getting started with your Scottish Family History. Originally produced for Scottish Local History Week 2009 and Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Record of Ancestors & Continuation Sheets (Supplement to above)

Scotland's People Leaflet Guide to using the official source of geneological data in Scotland.

Ancestry Leaflet Guide to using the service available on PCs in the Central Library Information Centre and Media Centre.

 Local Studies Leaflets (PDFs)

Local Studies Service A guide to the resources available in Local Studies.

Electoral Registers A guide to the rules governing provision of information and copying.

Local Studies External Sources List of external sources for Local History Enquiries.

Tracing Living People Guidance on tracing living people.

Newspaper Resources on Microfilm (PDF 2MB) List of newspapers available on microfilm in Local Studies.

Leaflets Produced for Scottish Local History Weeks & other Displays (PDFs)

Aberdeen Burial Records Accompanied Scottish Local History Week 2004

Aberdeen's Graveyards Companion to Aberdeen Burial Records

Aberdeen's Bridges (PDF 2.6MB) Published for Scottish Local History Week 2005

Chronology of Health Improvements Published to accompany Scottish Local History Week 2006

Bibliography of Housing, Health and the Poor Also accompanied Scottish Local History Week 2006

End of the Line for Aberdeen's Trams (PDF 5MB) Accompanied a joint exhibition in 2008 by Local Studies and Aberdeen Transport Society on the 50th. Anniversary of the end of Aberdeen's trams.

Dancing by the Sea  Published in 2009 to accompany the exhibition celebrating 80 years of the Beach Ballroom

These leaflet files are all in PDF (Portable Document Format) and require a programme such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. File sizes larger than 1MB have been noted: they may take a little time to fully open. 
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Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen City Council
AB25 1GW

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