NE Scotland Genealogy


My Ancestors
My Book
Odds & Ends
War Memorials
Local Photos
School Photos

Welcome to my website on the local history of NE Scotland!

My name is Colin Milne and I am a native of Aberdeen, Scotland. I have had a keen interest in local history for many years and as well as pursuing my own family history I have done research in a number of other areas. As a result I have amassed a collection of books, articles, photos and assorted data which you might find of interest. So I would like to extend a warm Scottish welcome to you all. Come in and have a look around...

For those of you new to my site I would recommend that you select the contents button now for further details of my pages. However if you are too impatient to wait here are a few of the highlights!

bulletPictures and details of many local graveyards
bulletArticles from local newspapers & journals
bulletExtracts from antiquarian books
bulletDetails of my ancestors
bulletLocal pictures of interest
bulletAnd finally - details of my book!

This site is far from static. Every month there are new additions (see below), so there is always something new to discover. I usually have at least one series of articles in progress along with a selection of other bits and pieces.

If you are a new visitor I hope you will come back again. To my many regular visitors, thanks for your continued support and kind words. Thanks also for all the feedback I have received. A number of features have been incorporated as a result of these. Further constructive comments are always welcome. You can e-mail me here

Finally a number of visitors have asked me about permission to use material from the site and other legal things. In order to clarify this you will find the terms and conditions of use on my contents page.

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I've added another monument to my new page entitled War Memorials. There are two memorials to be found at Aberdeen harbour beside Footdee (Fittie). Last month I featured the first of these and so now I've added the second. There are many well known surnames among those listed, many of which were associated with that area and surrounding districts for centuries.

Another two photos of yesteryear - with the theme of shopping. First up is Duncan Fraser, draper, of Schoolhill, Aberdeen. I seem to recall they had a vacuum tube money system in there. Can anyone confirm that - or am I thinking of somewhere else? Secondly we have Falconers department store of Union Street, Aberdeen, which latterly became  Frasers. See these in my Local Photos page.

My thanks this month to Brian Kennedy for sending me a link to DC Thomson Newspapers showing some old photos of Aberdeen and other places in the NE of Scotland. Particularly nice is the zoom feature that allows you to examine these images in detail. Find more details in My Links page.


Well shorter nights are rapidly approaching and the temperatures are beginning to fall. So thoughts now are turning to inside activities. This is a great time to start thinking of dragging out the old photos and labelling them on the back. So often I hear of folks who have family snaps but they don't know who they are. So if you've not tackled that job yet now is a great time to start. Don't let your ancestors be forgotten.

That's it for this month. Be warm, stay lucky and keep researching!

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Colin A Milne