Tools and Resources

Anyone researching local and family history in North-East Scotland will find these tools and resources helpful:

Scotland's People - the only online source you need to find birth, marriage and death certificates for Scotland

Local organisations and resources:

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society
Family History Society of Buchan
Moray Connections Local Heritage Directory
Moray Local Heritage Centre
North-East Scotland Folklore Archive
Routes to your Roots in NE Scotland - a directory of local organisations and resources


Aberdeenshire Archives for which an online catalogue is available
Aberdeen University Archive Collection also with an online catalogue
National Archives of Scotland
Scottish Archives Map

Research guides:

GENUKI Scotland - a useful directory of genealogical resources for Scotland
Getting started - basic advice from Scotland's People on beginning your family history research

Digitised records online:

Am Baile - Highland History Online
Clock and Watch Tax Records from 1797
Commercial Directories for Scotland
Farm Horse Tax Records from 1797
Groome's Gazetteer - an incomparable source for details of Scottish counties, cities, towns and parishes
Historic Maps from the National Library of Scotland
Scottish Digital Archive - visit the Virtual Vault to access a selection of digitised archive material
Scottish Screen Archive - an online collection of film clips from all over Scotland
Statistical Accounts of Scotland - 18th and 19th century descriptions of every parish in Scotland

Interpreting historic material:

Dictionary of the Scots Language
Scottish Handwriting - an excellent guide to deciphering old Scottish documents
Palaeography Tutorial - further guidance in interpreting old handwriting, from the UK National Archives
Scots legal terms

Locating specific places:

Burial Grounds in NE Scotland - an online map
Scotland's Places - a searchable database of places throughout Scotland named in historic records

Working lives:

Fishing Boats - a mushrooming database of fishing boats and their owners
War Casualties - records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Bankruptcy and Insolvency - the Edinburgh Gazette offers a search facility for historic cases