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How to access our records


Image: Documents relating to the Burgh of Inverbervie.  Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives.

Visit our offices

To make an appointment at either of our offices, please email or contact either office by phone or letter  Contact us

We recommend making an appointment as space in the search rooms is limited. 

We advise getting in touch to discuss your research beforehand if you haven't visited before, so that we can help identify records that might be of help and to let you know which office you will need to visit to view them. 

Read more about Planning your visit to the Archives

If you're visiting from outside the area, you might find the information on the  Routes to your North East Roots website helpful to co-ordinate visits to different places and make the most of your stay.

Our Table of Fees gives our charges for the production of valuation rolls and electoral registers for business or legal purposes.


Image: Town House search room, Archivist Martin Hall showing a Council colleague a volume of minutes.  

 Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives.

View online

A limited number of our records are available online as digitised images or transcriptions.  Go to our Explore our Records page to find out more.

Our research service

If you're not able to visit our offices, we offer a research service.  We can undertake up to one hour of research which is charged for in 15 minute units, at 7.50 for each 15 minutes (or part of a 15 minute unit). 

We recommend that you give a brief summary of the information you have when you get in touch, such as the names of any people you're looking for, their relationships, dates of birth or residence, and a location.  An outline of the information you hope to find is helpful, as well as any specific records you'd like us to check.  If you're not sure or would like to discuss a search (we can often make recommendations which keep research costs down), please get in touch.

Once a search has been agreed, we issue a quote for the work based on our estimate of how long the research will take.

If you want a data protection search for any information held about you in records such as school admissions registers, these are charged at a flat rate of 10 per search.

Please note that payment is not a guarantee that relevant information will be found.

Request copies

In most cases, we strongly suggest getting in touch to discuss your requirements before sending a copy request. 

If you have specific page numbers or references, or have already been issued a quote for copying, you can use our Copy Request Form to send a copy request.

Please Contact us if you'd like to reproduce any of our documents in publications or broadcasts.


 Image: Family outside a newly built house in Aberdeen, early 20th Century.  Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives.

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