Some of our records have been digitised and are available online.
You can view burials records for Aberdeen City at Deceased Online. This online pay per view service is free to search but there is a charge to view the documents. There is no charge to use the database at either of our search rooms.
You can look through our History Pin tour and take a virtual journey around Union Street shops and beyond...
Guides to our records
Our Catalogues page has guides and indexes to several major collections, as well as links to transcriptions.
Our Family History guide has links to information on how you can use our records to find out more about your ancestors.
Looking for our maps? School locations are on our School Records page, and you can find our map of WW2 air raids on our World War Two Incidents page. Our Burial Records page shows the burial grounds for which we hold records.
Our online indexes include the Indexes to the Aberdeen Burgh Registers of Apprentices, the Gordon Highlanders' WWI Prisoner of War Bureau Indexes and the indexes to our Baptism Registers for St Nicholas, 1838-1848 and 1849-1850.
Information and resources based on our records
Links and resources
Aberdeen City Council Registrar's Genealogy and Family Research page
Aberdeenshire Registrars family history page
Aberdeen City Libraries' Local Studies' Family History page
Minutes of the Council and Committees are available on the Aberdeen City Council Council and Democracy pages, along with other information related to governance and democracy.
Aberdeenshire's Council and Democracy page provides similar information for Aberdeenshire Council.
Searching our catalogue
Link to our Online Catalogue
If you haven't used our catalogue for a while, you may find it useful to read through the brief paragraphs on the 'Home' tab before you start. The 'Help' tab above the search box has tips for using the catalogue.
What to expect
The entries in our catalogue describe the records we hold, much like a library catalogue. Catalogue pages don't link to the documents themselves, but give you a reference and other information which may be enough for you to be able to tell whether the document is what you're looking for. If not, or you're not sure, please get in touch and ask.
Unlike a library catalogue, there are also entries for the collection and series (which may also be referred to as the fonds and sub-fonds) the records belong in, as well as the entry for the record itself. This technical arrangement helps show where each unique document belongs in the overall collection and can be confusing at first, but if you spend much time searching archival collections it can be a useful tool.
Our online catalogue doesn't tell you which office holds individual records, but if you find something you'd like to view or have us research or copy for you, please get in touch.
Not everything that we hold is catalogued, and sometimes collections that you might expect to be here are held by other repositories. We're happy to answer questions about our holdings, or check to see if other archives or libraries have what you need; so if you can't find what you're looking for and think it may be in a local archive, please get in touch.
Explore records held by other organisations
Historic Environment Scotland
Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society
MI Booklets Index
St Nicholas, Aberdeen - Burials 1666-1793
St Nicholas Kirk Session Accounts 1602-1705
Index to Poor Law 1845-1900
St Paul's Episcopal, Aberdeen: Baptisms 1720-1793
Aberdeen Stent Roll 1669
St Nicholas Poorhouse 1779-1788 - Index and Transcription