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Hints and Tips for Researching at the Search Room

'Be prepared' is the motto for a visit to the Search Room!

It is advisable, especially if you are travelling any distance, to book about a week in advance. Basic tools to bring are pencils, an eraser, and plenty of paper. A laptop computer may be used, provided it can be operated with batteries.

To prepare for a first visit to the Search Room, begin with your birth certificate, which will show the names of your parents and possibly provide the date and place of their marriage. The marriage certificate will give their ages, names of your grandparents, to help trace their birth certificates and so on. Beforehand, ask around your family and try to obtain copies of relevant birth, death and marriage certificates.

We use the Scotlandspeople system, which covers the whole of Scotland.  For a full guide to the records held on Scotlandspeople, please view our SearchRoom Leaflet

Any record deemed 'historical' (a birth which is more than 100 years old, a death which is more than 50 years old and a marriage which is more than 75 years old) can be printed off and given to you to keep.  This is included in the 20 hourly fee.  If a record is not historical, the information from the record can be transcribed onto a separate piece of paper.

It is possible to purchase extracts of entries for 10.00 during a General Search. We would welcome any comments or suggestions on the information on this web page and following your visit to the Search Room.


  • Registrar of Births
    Business Hub 3, Ground Floor South
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen AB10 1AB 
    Tel: 01224 522616
    Fax: 01224 346011

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