1855 is a key date for genealogists tracing their Scottish roots, as this year saw the introduction of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths as a legal requirement.
All of the local Registration Offices in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire also have computer access to the birth, death and marriage records for the whole of Scotland from 1855. All of the offices will be pleased to supply certified copies of relevant records for a small fee. Alternatively you can visit one of the Registrar’s offices to utilise their facilities and access the records from there. The Registrar will assist you with your search but do please book an appointment beforehand.
Online access to birth, marriage and death certificates is also available at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, for which there is a charge. Access is restricted to births that took place over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years ago and deaths over 50 years ago. Vouchers providing discounted access to scotlandspeople are available from Public Libraries.
Aberdeen City Council, Registration Office for Births, Deaths and Marriages
St. Nicholas House, Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1BA
Search Room: (01224) 522033
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Closed 12:30pm – 1:30pm for lunch).
To guarantee an appointment, it is always advisable to book at least 2 days in advance. If you are traveling any distance, we recommend booking at least a week in advance to avoid any disappointment.
- Access to birth, death and marriage registers for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Kincardineshire
- Computerised access to all registration documents for the whole of Scotland from 1855 to the present date
- Computerised access to the Old Parochial Registers of births and marriages from 1553 to 1854 covering the whole of Scotland
The Aberdeen City Registrar’s Office at St Nicholas House, Upperkirkgate, offers family history searches from Monday to Friday. An Assistant Registrar is available to assist searches but an appointment is essential as space is limited. The cost is £15 per person per hour plus £5 for computer access (optional). Bookings should be made by calling the searchroom number shown above.
Aberdeenshire Council Registration Office for Births, Deaths & Marriages
Ballater (Appointment only)
Insch (Appointment only)
Aberdeenshire Registrars can offer you help and advice on tracing your Scottish ancestry. At our computerised full-time offices, Registrars have access to the indexes and digital images of:
- All Scottish births, deaths and marriages since the start of registration in 1855
- Census records from 1841 to 1901
- Old Parish Records
- Burial records for Aberdeenshire, held by the offices in red and by Landscape Services, Gordon House, Inverurie
The fee is £15.00 per hour and the Registrar will conduct the search one to one with their customer. This allows customers access to registration records and due to a local agreement with the Burial Grounds Service this may include a search in the burial ground records where these exist locally.
Copies of scanned images of historical records can be purchased for 50p each. The definition of “historical records” constitutes births that occurred over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years, deaths over 50 years, census records and Old Parish Record’s. Recent records can be viewed when searching in the registrars and the information written down, but should you wish to purchase an extract then the cost would be £10.00 each.