Longside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Genealogy

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This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Longside. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.


The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/.  Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for your parish of interest. Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about census records.

Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Longside, as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:

FHL Film Number
Surname Indexes
6086520 (12 fiche)

The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access the separate indexes through the library.

Church Records

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about church records.
Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers

Record Type Years Covered FHL Film Number
Births: 1621-1854 0993340
Marriages: 1692-1854 0993340
Deaths: 1692-1854 0993340


Condition of Original Registers—

Index: For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index available on computers at the Family History Library family history centers.  The records may be indexed in the International Genealogical Index.
Births: Records are blank April 1634–January 1656. The record prior to 1692 is a copy. Mothers’ names are not recorded until 1782.
Marriages: Marriage record is blank December 1717–January 1782.
Deaths: These records are burials, and are blank January 1722–January 1782. There is a duplicate of the portion 1805–1820 and the original much wasted.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1620–1633, 1637–1649, 1662–1713, 1722–1723, 1733–1882
Penalties 1620–1642
Accounts 1673–1713, 1717–1732, 1837–1749
Discipline 1836–1842
Poor Relief 1785–1812
Statistics Anent Deaths 1782–1806
List of Inscriptions in Grave Yard.
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/699.

Nonconformist Church Records

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union List.

The New Statistical Account of Scotland for Longside, 1842 states that there were 122 Seceders within the parish, who attended services in neighboring parishes at that time.

Longside West Free Church

In July 1843 services were begun here in a disused inn. A church was erected in 1845. The charge was sanctioned in that year. The manse was built in 1849. Subsequently it was remodeled and renovated. The population of the district was seriously affected by emigration and the transference of young people to the towns.
Membership: 1848, 168; 1900, 150.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details are given in the source.

Minutes 1845–1929
Deacon’s Court Minutes 1845–1928
Communion Roll 1852–1929
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH3/631.

Longside Episcopal Church

This congregation has existed since the Revolution. In 1790 membership was 723. The chapel was erected in 1800. In 1843, the communicants numbered from 400 to 440 and the general membership was 600 to 700, with about 90 from neighboring parishes.
Source: History of the Scottish Episcopal Church, by John P. Lawson, pub. 1843. No copy is available in the FHL.

Christenings 1727–1749, 1777–1854
Marriages 1743–1744, 1812–1830, 1851–1854
Burials 1817–1854
Note: Available from the minister at:
Longside Episcopal Church
c/o 12 Bain Terrace
Peterhead AB42 5HB

Civil Registration Records

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.
See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records

Longside was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Aberdeen until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Aberdeen. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Aberdeen and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Aberdeen.

The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Aberdeen. Look in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Aberdeen and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

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