Aberdeenshire, Scotland Genealogy Genealogy

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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.

The surface of the county, towards the sea, is tolerably level, but the greater portion forms part of the central highlands and consists of high mountains interspersed with a few valleys.  About one-third of the land is under cultivation.  There are quarries for granite, freestone, and limestone.  The coast is bold and rocky with some level beach, and there are several bays.

(Source:  Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 2nd ed. 1851; Family History Library book 941 E5L.)

Archives and Libraries

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


The Scottish government began taking censuses of its population in 1841, and every ten years there after. The records must be 100 years old before they are released to the public, so the most recent record available is for the 1911 census.  Read more about Census Records.

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.


Click on the map at the right to see a larger version, and click again on the larger map. Next, click on the ‘Expand’ button when it appears in the lower right-hand corner of the map.



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

Aberdeen 168a Kincardine O'Neil 209
Aberdour 169 King Edward 210
Aboyne 170 Kinkell--see Keithall and Kinkell 206
Alford 171 Kinnellar 211
Auchindoir and Kearn 172 Kinnethmont 212
Auchterless 173 Kinnoir--see Huntley 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
Millbrex 222B
Crathie and Braemar 183 Monquhitter 223 
Crimond 184 Monymusk 224
Cruden 185 New Deer 225
Culsalmond 186 Newhills 226
Cushnie--see Leochel-Cushnie 214 New Machar 227
Daviot 187 Old Deer 228
Drumblade 188 Old Machar 168b 
Drumoak 189 Old Meldrum  229
Dumbennan--see Huntly 202 Oyne 230
Dyce 190 Peterculter 231
Echt 191 Peterhead 232
Ellon 192 Pitsligo 233
Essie--see Rhynie 237a Premnay 234
Fintray 193 Rathen  235
Forgue 194 Rayne 236
Foveran 195 Rhynie (with Essie) 237b
Fraserburgh 196 Savoch 237b
Fyvie 197 Skene  238
Gartly 198 Slains 239
Glass 199 Strathdon  240
Glenbucket 200 Strichen  241
Glengairn--see Glenmuick 201 Tarland & Migvy 242
Glenmuick 201 Tarves 243
Huntly 202 Tough 244
Insch 203 Towie 245
Internochtie--see Strathdon 240 Tullich--see Glenmuick 201
Inverurie 204 Tullynessle & Forbes 246
Kearn--see Auchindour 205 Turriff 247
Keig 205 Tyrie 248
Keithall and Kinkell 206 Udny 249
Kemnay 207
Kildrummy 208

Poorhouse Records

There are three poorhouses:

Aberdeen www.workhouses.org.uk/Aberdeen/

Buchan Combination (Maud) www.workhouses.org.uk/Buchan/

Old Machar (Aberdeen) www.workhouses.org.uk/Aberdeen/

[Return to the Scotland counties list.]


The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.

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