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Guide to Aberdeenshire County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Aberdeenshire County

History[edit | edit source]

Aberdeen is a maritime county in the north-east part of Scotland.  It is one of the most extensive counties in the kingdom and is bounded on the north by the Moray Firth, on the east by the German Ocean, on the south by the counties of Perth, Angus, and Kincardine, and on the west by the counties of Banff and Inverness.  It is eighty-six miles in extreme length and fourty-two miles in extreme breadth, comprising an area of 1985 square miles or 1,276,400 acres.  The county contains eighty-five parishes and eight civil districts.  It includes the three royal burghs of Aberdeen, Kintore, and Inverury, the market-towns of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Turriff and Meldrum, and numerous large fishing villages on the coast.  In 1851 the population was 192,387.[1][2]

ScotlandsPeople: An Important Online Source[edit | edit source]

ScotlandsPeople is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, they have more than 100 million records to look through.

The comprehensive choice of Scottish records includes:

  • Statutory Registers
  • Old Parish Registers
  • Catholic Parish Registers
  • CPR Others
  • Census
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Soldiers’ Wills
  • Wills & Testaments
  • Coats of Arms

For more detail on record availability, see Guides. For the content guide to what records are on the site, see Guides A-Z. More information on the site, its contents, and instructions for using it can be found in the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article. Indexes may be searched for free, and there is a pay per view fee to see the digitized record.

Census[edit | edit source]

Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole. The Family History Library has county-wide census placename indexes for Aberdeenshire for 1881.  Click here for other census indexes available at the library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration or Statutory Registers[edit | edit source]

For details on information found in statutory registers and other methods of searching them, see Scotland Civil Registration.

Refer to the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article.
Images and Indexes Available at ScotlandsPeople Website ($)
Births 1855-1910 ◊ScotlandsPeople Website has indexes to 2012.
Marriages 1855-1935
Deaths 1855-1960

Parishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the Aberdeen parish records are indexed in Aberdeen, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records.

This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Aberdeen in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.

Here is a list of the historic parishes in the county of Aberdeen. Click on the parish name to see information about records.Click this link for a map of the Aberdeenshire parishes.

Aberdeen 168a Kincardine O'Neil 209
Aberdour 169 King Edward 210
Aboyne 170 Kinkell--see Keithhall and Kinkell 206
Alford 171 Kinnellar 211
Auchindoir and Kearn 172 Kinnethmont 212
Auchterless 173 Kinnoir--see Huntly 202
Belhelvie 174 Kintore 213
Birse 175 Leochel-Cushnie 214
Bourtie 176 Leslie 215
Braemar--see Crathie and Braemar 183 Logie Buchan 216
Cabrach 177 Logie Coldstone 217
Cairney 178 Longside 218
Chapel of Garioch 179 Lonmay 219
Clatt 180 Lumphannan 220
Cluny 181 Methlick 221
Coull 182 Midmar 222
Crathie and Braemar 183 Millbrex 222B
Crimond 184 Monquhitter 223
Cruden 185 Monymusk 224
Culsalmond 186 New Deer 225
Cushnie--see Leochel-Cushnie 214 Newhills 226
Daviot 187 New Machar 227
Drumblade 188 Old Deer 228
Drumoak 189 Old Machar 168b
Dumbennan--see Huntly 202 Old Meldrum  229
Dyce 190 Oyne 230
Echt 191 Peterculter 231
Ellon 192 Peterhead 232
Essie--see Rhynie (with Essie) 237a Pitsligo 233
Fintray 193 Premnay 234
Forgue 194 Rathen  235
Foveran 195 Rayne 236
Fraserburgh 196 Rhynie (with Essie) 237b
Fyvie 197 Savoch 237b
Gartly 198 Skene  238
Glass 199 Slains 239
Glenbucket 200 Strathdon 240
Glengairn--see Glenmuick 201 Strichen  241
Glenmuick 201 Tarland & Migvy 242
Huntly 202 Tarves 243
Insch 203 Tough 244
Internochtie--see Strathdon 240 Towie 245
Inverurie 204 Tullich--see Glenmuick 201
Kearn--see Auchindoir and Kearn 205 Tullynessle & Forbes 246
Keig 205 Turriff 247
Keithhall and Kinkell 206 Tyrie 248
Kemnay 207 Udny 249
Kildrummy 208

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

The Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Archives has recently put the catalogue to their collection on the Internet at Their collection of genealogical value includes:

  • Records of the poor relating to Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire
  • School records for Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Aberdeen City
  • Burial records for some City cemeteries, as well as some in Aberdeenshire
  • Records for several burghs in Aberdeen and Moray shires.
  • Congregational, Episcopal and Methodist Church Records for a number of congregations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • Tax lists from as early as the 15th century 
  • Valuation Rolls and Registers of Electors

Some burial records in their collection have been digitized and are searchable online at http://www.deceasedonline.com/.

The Aberdeen City Library has a local studies collection that includes published:

  • Parish and local histories
  • Biographies and family history
  • Education, literature and architecture sources
  • Local authority minutes and development plans
  • Electoral and valuation rolls
  • Newspapers and Periodicals
  • Directories
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Maps[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse Records[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Workhouses in Scotland were commonly known as poorhouses. For more information on Scottish poorhouses, go to the Scotland Poor Law page.

There were three workhouses in this county:

A description with drawings and photos of the workhouses today along with databases of those living there from the 1881 Census are provided on the links above located on the site entitled The Workhouse: The story of an institution... which is owned and operated by Peter Higginbotham.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS
164 King St.
AB24 5BD
Tel No: +44 (0)1224 646323

ScotlandFamily History Society of Buchan
22 Harbour Street
PETERHEAD, Aberdeenshire
AB42 1D
Tel: 01779 238 416
Contact Information

Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace

Voting[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Scotland Archives and Libraries

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel Lewis. Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London, England: S. Lewis and Co., 1846), 3 v.: 651, [FHL book 941 E5]. Digitized by FamilySearch International, FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/216925 (accessed June 15, 2016).
  2. Samuel Lewis. "Abbey Green - Aberdeenshire," in A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London: S Lewis, 1846), 1-23. British History Online, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-dict/scotland/pp1-23 (accessed May 21, 2020).