Burial records in the Archives

Archives has interment records for a number of burial grounds within the north east of Scotland. Digitised versions of records our relating to Aberdeen City burial grounds can be viewed on the pay-per-view site Deceased Online. All original Aberdeenshire burial material on our catalogue is held at Old Aberdeen House and is not available through Deceased Online. Aberdeenshire Council have now made many of their other burials records (i.e. those not held by the Archives) available via Deceased Online.

A full list of all our burial records can be found on our Online Catalogue under the reference BR, or access our 

 

Burial grounds map

This map shows the locations of the burial grounds for which we hold records. The red pins indicate records held at our Old Aberdeen House office, and the blue pins show records held at our Town House office.

About the records

See a location map of burial grounds for which we hold the records. The red pins indicate records held at our Old Aberdeen House office, and the blue pins show records held at our Town House office.

Once you have found a relevant document in the catalogue, the next step is to know how they work. Generally, the burial records are set out chronologically, that is, in date order. The way in which burial records are set out is roughly standard but as with all original records there can be variations. Nevertheless, the information you can expect to find remains the same - the name of the deceased, their age is usually noted, along with possibly their address and next of kin, and a lair number.

Next, all you need to do is book a space in one of our searchrooms. Remember, all original Aberdeen City burial registers are at the Town House and all original Aberdeenshire material is at Old Aberdeen House, but you can also view full digital versions of the Aberdeen City records at both offices, as well as gain free access to Deceased Online. We do advise you to make an appointment as the searchrooms are small, and space is limited. 

Please note that additional burial records are held by the Bereavement Services department of Aberdeen City Council, and the Landscape Services department of Aberdeenshire Council (Aberdeenshire have made many of there records available through Deceased Online). 

You can find details of other burial grounds in the north east, along with an index to published Monumental Inscriptions, on the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History website. North East Burial Grounds also provides location of most burial places and information about the location of any surviving records. 

Below is a summary on the records we hold each burial ground:

Allenvale is located on Riverside Drive, close to Duthie Park in Aberdeen. The records we hold at Old Aberdeen House are not strictly speaking burial registers, rather they record perpetuity payments and lair purchasers. These are not included in Deceased Online.  See our full list of the Allenvale Cemetery records for further information. 

Searches of these records can be carried out by a member of the City Archives staff if a name and date of death is provided. Searching is subject to our charging policy of £7.50 for 15 minutes. The records are chronological and not indexed alphabetically.

For burial records, please contact the Bereavements Service at:

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Cairnie Cemetery is situated just off the A96 between Huntly and Keith. The records we hold at Old Aberdeen House date from around the 1930s up to the late 1960s. These include lair and interment registers, cash books, and lair purchase registers. These records are very useful for confirming if someone was interred in Cairnie Cemetery, as well as providing information on who paid the money. See our full list of the Cairnie Cemetery records for further information.

Records dating from 1892 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Drumblade Cemetery is situated in Drumblade, to the east of Huntly. The records we hold at Old Aberdeen House date from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. These include lair and interment registers, cash books, and lair purchase registers. These records are very useful for confirming if someone was interred in Drumblade Cemetery, as well as providing information on who paid the money. See our full list of the Drumblade Cemetery records for further information.

Records dating from 1889 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Essie Cemetery is located on the A941 to the west of Rhynie, while Rhynie Cemetery is located just off the A97 to the south of Rhynie. The records held for Essie Cemetery consist mainly of receipt books dating from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. These can be useful for finding out who paid for an interment, and also confirming the burial. There are also receipt books held which cover payments for both Essie and Rhynie cemeteries for the 1960s. See our full list of the Essie and Rhynie Cemetery records for further information.

Records for both cemeteries dating from 1905 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Forgue Cemetery is located just off the B9001, to the west of the A97. The records held include cash books, a burial register and a register of interments. The dates covered by the records are very scattered, with some dating from the 1880s and others from the 1960s. See our full list of the Forgue Cemetery records for further information.

Other records, dating from 1882 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Glass Cemetery is located to the south of the A920 to the west of Huntly. The records we hold include lair and interment registers from 1943 to 1968, as well as various receipt books from 1947 to 1968. See our full list of the Glass Cemetery records for further information.

Earlier records, from 1909, are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Grove Cemetery is located on the south side of the River Don, near the A90 and Muggiemoss Road. We hold two volumes of records, which consist of a cash book and a lair register. The cash book dates from 1897 to 1910, while the lair register is more modern, dating from 1962 to 1983. These records can be searched on Deceased Online. See our full list of the Grove Cemetery records for further information.

Further records dating from 1899 can be found at:

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Gartly Cemetery is located off the A97 to the south of Huntly.  The records we hold date from around the 1930s to the late 1960s, and include an interment register from 1947 to 1968, with an earlier volume starting in 1932.  There are also various receipt books held which can help confirm payments, as well as who paid them. See our full list of the Gartly Cemetery records for further information.

Earlier records, from 1900 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

John Knox Churchyard is situated just off the Mounthooly roundabout at the bottom of the Gallowgate in Aberdeen. Though rather a small churchyard, it is always worth checking the records if you have been unable to find the person you are looking for elsewhere. Often, people who are noted as being buried in 'St Nicholas' were not in fact buried in St Nicholas Kirkyard, but elsewhere in St Nicholas parish - including John Knox.

There are three burial registers surviving, covering from 1837 to 1894. In some cases, not only is the name, age, and address of the deceased noted but also the cause of death. This can make the registers rather depressing reading, but it does mean that you can sometimes trace the spread of infectious disease, such as influenza or smallpox through an area.

The lair number is not always noted, but the section is often given, especially in the later two volumes. The records are available to view on Deceased Online. Furthermore, the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History(ANESFHS) have published monumental inscriptions for John Knox, and an index to this can be found on their website. See our full list of John Knox Cemetery records for further information.

Records from 1895 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Nellfield Cemetery, situated on Great Western Road near its junction with Holburn Street in Aberdeen, is divided into three sections. This means that there are different records covering each section, typically including burial registers and lair registers. The burial registers for each section only cover a limited period, while the lair registers cover a wider date range. The burial registers can be searched at Deceased Online.

The lair registers are indexed by the name of the lair purchaser only, and so it can be difficult finding people if the lair holder is not known. These records will soon be available on Deceased Online which will mean that a search on a name can be carried out - something which can't be done at present. See our full list of Nellfield Cemetery records for further information.

Other registers, from 1902 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Nigg Cemetery is located on Nigg Kirk Road, to the south of Aberdeen and is not to be confused with the kirkyard at St Fittick's.  Two registers are held, both of which contain details of burials and cover the dates 1878 to 1923. A transcription, along with an index is also available in the Town House search room. The records will soon be available to search at Deceased Online. See our full list of Nigg Cemetery records for further information.

Further records from 1932 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Old Machar Churchyard surrounds St Machar Cathedral in Old Aberdeen. It was used as the burial ground for the Old Machar Poorhouse, or West Poorhouse as it was also known. The burial registers, which cover the period 1863 to 1907 are set out in chronological order and can be electronically searched and viewed via Deceased Online. See our full list of Oldmachar Cemetery records for further information.

You can expect to find the name of the person, their employment (if known), and the address they were resident at, as well as their age. Lair numbers are not always recorded, however. An unpublished name index is available through the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History (ANESFHS).

Records from 1907 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Rhynie Cemetery is located just off the A97 to the south of Rhynie. While some records are included with those of Essie Cemetery, records such as interment registers and receipt books can be found separately. The records date from 1906 up to 1968, and while they do mainly consist of receipt books, these can still be useful in confirming information as well as finding out who was paying. See our full list of Rhynie Cemetery records for further information.

Further records from 1905 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Ruthven Cemetery is located just off the B9022 to the north of Huntly. The records we hold include lair and internment registers, and receipt books.  The records date from 1891 up to 1968. See our full list of Ruthven Cemetery records for further information.

Further records from 1890 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

St Clement's Kirkyard is located in the harbour area of Aberdeen, on St Clement Street. We hold two volumes relating to burials in St Clement's, though the same information is contained in each. They cover the period 1855 to 1927. Lair numbers can be found from 12 April 1855 onwards, along with the name of the person, their address, and sometimes their next of kin. These can be electronically searched and viewed on Deceased Online. See our full list of St Clement's Cemetery records for further information.

Monumental inscriptions have been recorded by the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History(ANESFHS) and an index to this can be found on their website.

Further records from 1907 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

The main burgh kirkyard, St Nicholas is located in the heart of Aberdeen between Union Street and Schoolhill. There are various records available for burials in St Nicholas, including registers from 1824 to 1925 (though there is a gap between 1838 and 1843 and 1851 and 1855). These can be electronically searched and viewed on Deceased Online. See our full list of St Nicholas Kirkyard records for further information.

For earlier burial records, a searchable index to those recorded in the Kirk and Bridgework Accounts from 1666 to 1793 can be found on the ANESFHS Databank.

Other records from 1887 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

St Peter's, located on King Street in Aberdeen, has many different volumes covering different sections. The sections are known as the Churchyard, the Cemetery, the South Division and the West Division. The Churchyard, or Spital as it is sometimes know, is the oldest part and is situated at the back. It is mainly set out in numbered Rows, but there is more to it than that - there are also sections known as Lots, Dykes, and St Peter's Orphanage. Below this is the Cemetery, which is also set out in rows, but which use letters to designate between them. One half of the Cemetery is noted by the use of capital letters, the other by small letters - make sure you are careful to note whether the record shows if it is a capital letter or not!

The records can be searched online at Deceased Online. See our full list of Spital and St Peter's Cemetery records for further information.

The South Division was opened in 1874, and the West in 1884. These are also set out in rows, but the registers are quite clear in noting which of the two divisions is being referred to.

Other records from 1904 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Trinity Cemetery, located just off King Street on Seaforth Road and Park Road, is a large cemetery which is divided by Park Road. Two registers are held, one containing details of lair holders which is set out by lair number. This means that it cannot be searched by date, or name and is therefore rather time consuming to use. The other, which is an index to a register of proprietors is not related to the first volume and while it is set out in alphabetical order, little information beyond the lair purchased can be found.

However, should you know the lair number the information you can expect to find includes the name of the person, and their address, along with the date the lair was purchased.

The records will soon be available to search on Deceased Online. See our full list of Trinity Cemetery records for further information.

Further records from 1887 can be found at

Bereavement Services
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Crematorium
Skene Road
Aberdeen
AB15 8PT

03000 200 292
burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Ythanwells Cemetery is located to the north of the A96 east of Huntly, and west of Fyvie. Records held include receipt books for payments for interment fees, burial fees and lair purchases, dating from 1946 to 1968. There is also a volume of lairs and interments dating from 1912 to 1969. See our full list of Ythanwells Cemetery records for further information.

Earlier records from 1883 are held by Aberdeenshire Council at:

Landscape Services
Gordon House,
Blackhall Road,
Inverurie
AB51 3WA
01467 620981
operations@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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