Aberdeen City Libraries – Local Studies

Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GW

(01224) 652543
Local Studies Website

Monday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

The Local Studies Department aims to provide both current and historical information on all aspects of Aberdeen.  The sources also cover a larger area including the historic counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire.  Family history sources include:

  • Old Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths up to 1854
  • Census Returns from 1841 to 1901
  • Maps of Aberdeen from 1661
  • Electoral registers from 1909
  • Valuation rolls from 1859
  • Local newspapers dating from 1747 to the present day
  • Free access to the Ancestry Library Edition website
  • Access to Find My Past
  • Free access to the British Library’s 19th Century Newspaper Database (which includes full electronic versions of the Aberdeen Journal from January 1800 to June 1900)
  • Aberdeen Post Office Directories from 1824 to 1982
  • International Genealogical Index of births, christenings and marriages for Scotland
  • Monumental Inscriptions and Burial Records for various churchyards
  • Transcripts of a number of Episcopal Church records
  • Parish and local histories, biographies and family histories
  • Historical photographs including buildings, streets and harbour scenes
  • Discount vouchers for the Scotlandspeople website