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Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives exists to collect and preserve historical records relating to the City of Aberdeen and its locality and to secure significant modern records for future generations. 


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Please note that from the 1st April 2016 the phone number for the Town Office Branch has changed to 03000 200 292, then option 6 (Registrars, Bereavement and Archives).

New funding to unlock secrets of city records

A new project to unlock the secrets of Aberdeen's Burgh Records has been awarded funding of 310,000.

Researchers have previously delved into the records to uncover tales of shipwrecks, piracy and even royal demands and the new funding, from the Leverhulme Trust, will enable them to analyse legal practices in the city - how was the law applied, who used it, when, and to what ends.

Commenting on the award, Phil Astley, Aberdeen City Council City Archivist, said "This is a tremendous opportunity for exciting new work with Aberdeen's important collections. It will enable new forms of access to these records, and open up new scope for local, national and international collaborations. We are pleased to be involved in this project which has such long-term potential to enhance Aberdeen's wider cultural offering".

For more information, visit the University of Aberdeen's page at: Leverhulme funding for burgh records

News and What's On...

  • Event: Memories of Broadford Works, Town & County Hall, Saturday 17th September 2016, 11:00 - 16:00

    A chance to learn about the history of the Broadford Works and  Richards Limited, and share your memories of the site at a free event at the Town & County Hall. Suitable for all the family. See the Memories of Broadford Works Archive Event page for more information.
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  • Aberdeen's medieval burgh records recognised by UNESCO

    An extraordinary collection of burgh records for Aberdeen held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has been recognised by UNESCO.

    Archives UNESCO award 2013

    The first eight volumes of Aberdeen burgh registers, which cover the period 1398 – 1509, will now be included in the UK Register of Important Documentary Heritage, part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

    We are delighted by the inclusion of these records on the UK Register. For further information, visit the  UNESCO UK Memory of the World website.

  • New History Pin tour - Union Street shops
    We've been working on creating a visual tour of shops on Union Street from the 1970s, and you can now see the results in our new History Pin tour. Beginning with the Scotch Corner bar next to the Atheneum, the tour takes you down one side of Union Street before coming back up the other. Enjoy!
  • 'Hard Vrocht Grun': Resources for Schools about the effect of the First World War on NE Scotland
    Aberdeenshire's Heritage Education Partnership has finished the first stage of its 'Hard Vrocht Grun' project by publishing a major resource to help secondary schools in Aberdeenshire explore the effect of the First World War on NE Scotland. You can find out more by visiting the Hard Vrocht Grun resource.
  • Maps showing incidents recorded during World War Two
    We have busy working on two maps showing where incidents were recorded during World War Two in both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.  You can view both these maps on our special page, World War Two Incidents.
  • More Militia Records Online!
    We're pleased to announce that more militia records have been made available, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. The records relate to payments made to the wives of militia men, and includes their name and the number of children they had on a given date. To access them, go to our Catalogues page and select number 19.
  • Baptism Registers - Indexes online
    We have made available two indexes to registers of baptisms in St Nicholas parish in Aberdeen! They cover 1838 - 1848, and 1849 - 1850 and can be found through our Catalogues page under number 25. Our huge thanks go to volunteer Christina Leech for the task of transcribing both the original volumes - with over 6,000 names contained in the volumes it was a lot of work!
  • Digitisation of pre-Reformation Council Registers
    Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives are pleased to announce that the first 25 volumes of Aberdeen's council registers, dating from 1398 to 1563, have been digitised by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

    These records form the backbone of the City's collections, and are not only oldest, but most complete council minutes in Scotland forming an almost continuous run from 1398 up to the present day. In collaboration with the NRS and the University of Aberdeen the digitisation of these records will widen access and awareness of this unique collection. In the long term, the aim is to provide transcriptions, translations, and contextual information for each entry. With over 16,000 pages to be digitised, the associated metadata, and a user-friendly and accessible site to be arranged, the project is still in the very early stages.

    100 pages of Volume 13 has been transcribed, and is available via the University of Aberdeen's  Burgh Records Project database.

    There has been little exploration into these records as a collection for over a century and this opportunity will open up the records to new research. For more information, please contact
  • Want to see behind the scenes?
    Ever wanted to see behind the scenes of the archives? We can provide free evening tours of either of our offices, which will include a look round the various storerooms and an exhibition of original documents. All you have to do is get together in a group (minimum 10 people, maximum 25) and arrange a suitable time and date with us. While the tours are free, donations to support the work of the Archives service are always appreciated – contact us for further information by emailing or telephone 03000 200 292 (option 6) or 01224 481775.
  • More Assessed Tax records transcribed!
    After a mammoth project, spanning a number of years and a huge effort from our volunteers, transcriptions of the Assessed Tax rolls for 1799-1800, 1809-1810, 1819-1820 and 1830-1831 are now available! Twelve volumes can be searched, covering a huge area of Aberdeenshire. Though they don't list everyone, they are still a really useful source for pre-census information. See our page showing the Assessed Taxes for the transcriptions. Happy hunting!
  • Historical Resource Packs for Primary Schools Available
    The Paper Treasures project, led by Aberdeenshire Council, was developed in order to show primary school pupils how to gather historical information from a number of available resources including Council Archives, Registrars' records and public libraries' local history departments. Situated on the North East Folklore Archive website, the information available explores the different ways in which local historical sources can be used in education.
  • Help Required!
    We still need a bit of help with our Education and School Records section on the website! The page is still a work in progress, so more information will be added in due course. It includes a map showing the location of schools across the North East but this is where we need your help! Click the link above to find out why...
  • Aberdeen City burial records available on Deceased Online!
    Burial records for various cemeteries in Aberdeen, including St Nicholas Kirkyard, Nigg, St Peter's (including the Spital) and Trinity are now available to search on Deceased Online! Around 192,000 entries are available dating back to 1767. You can access these records for free in either of our searchrooms - contact us for an appointment!

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