Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

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The collections of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives contain a wealth of documents and records dating from the 12th century to the present day, relating to the rich history and heritage of the City of Aberdeen and the three ancient counties of Aberdeen, Banff and Kincardine. A valuable resource for all kinds of research, they range from minutes, registers, accounts, letters and logbooks, to maps, plans and photographs and include:

The oldest and most complete collection of burgh records in Scotland, dating back to 1398, which were recognised by UNESCO in 2013 as being of outstanding historical importance to the United Kingdom.

  • Burial records for the main city cemeteries before circa 1900 (Town House).
  • School records including admission registers for almost 500 schools in the North East of Scotland (Old Aberdeen House).
  • Poor Relief records including Victorian parish registers of the poor in Aberdeenshire (Old Aberdeen House).
  • Church records for the ‘City churches’ of the Church of Scotland, many of the Congregational Churches and a number of Episcopalian and Methodist congregations in both the City and Shire.
  • Electoral Rolls for the City and other counties in the North East of Scotland (Town House and Old Aberdeen House).

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