Family history - libraries

Local Studies will be closed on Monday 14th January for staff training.

Family history research resources available in our libraries include: 

You can also find research resources from registrar offices. 

Microfilm and microfiche 

Aberdeenshire Libraries hold microfilm and microfiche resources listed below, covering every parish in Aberdeenshire. A main collection is held in the Local Studies Department, Oldmeldrum and smaller, more local microfilm collections are held in selected libraries. View a List of genealogical material on microfilm and the libraries where they are located (pdf 2.3MB).

Census records 

From 1841 and every ten years thereafter (100 year closure).

Old Parish Registers (OPRs) 

These are registers kept by the Church of Scotland of baptisms, marriages and burials in each parish between the 17th century and 1854. 

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) 

Effectively a microfiche index of christenings and marriages listed in the OPRs from circa 1690 to circa 1875. The indexes mainly cover the Church of Scotland records and a few other churches. Microfilm and microfiche facilities are free except for printing costs.

Ancestry Library Edition 

find out more about Ancestry Library Edition is available to search in all our libraries. It provides genealogical information available on-line, with more than five billion names in over 4,000 collections.

ScotlandsPeople vouchers 

Vouchers which give discounted access to the Scotlandspeople website are available for purchase from most libraries and the Local Studies Department. This is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. For further details see ScotlandsPeople customer information (pdf 34KB).

Other resources available in Aberdeenshire Libraries 


Local studies material, generally available in each of the libraries and mobile libraries, is useful for giving background information about the area where the researcher's ancestors lived. Most parishes have at least one book written about their history. 

Resources include 


Especially useful for family notices, obituaries etc. Aberdeenshire Libraries has an archive of all local newspapers currently published, both bound and microfilmed and an extensive historical archive of local newspapers. Where possible the archives of the newspaper are made available on microfilm at the nearest relevant library. A number of local newspapers are digitised and available online


Useful for locating the residence of ancestors, the Local Studies Department, has an extensive collection (6 inch and 25 inch to the mile) of Ordnance Survey and other maps from the late 19th century onwards. Also a complete set of 1st (circa 1870s) and 2nd (circa 1902) edition Ordnance Survey maps.

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