NE Scotland Genealogy


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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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Another two Local Photos for you to enjoy this month. The theme this time is Torry, once a small fishing village in Kincardineshire, to the south of Aberdeen City. By the time these photos were taken in 1965 & 69 this was a bustling suburb of Aberdeen that still employed thousands in fish processing and other supporting industries. Enjoy.

Something different in my School Photos page this month. I have an unidentified school which may possibly be Commerce Street - based on the fact that one of the girls in the photo lived at 28 Virginia Street at the time (circa 1890) - and that is probably the closest school in that area. Her name was Mary McLeman, an ancestor of Iain Ross, who sent me the photo. If you know the answer to the mystery then get in touch!  Many thanks to Iain for sharing this lovely image. [STOP PRESS - We have the answer! Many thanks to Heather Smith who did some background research on this one and came up with the solution. The photo was taken at the rear of Victoria Road School in Torry! The building is still there and I was recently able to photograph the exact spot over 100 years later. Victoria Road School has been under threat of demolition for years but the council have been reconsidering following strong local opposition.]


We had some lovely fine sunny days in March (4 to be exact!) so here's hoping the trend continues into April. With the clocks changing as well the time is getting close for all the outdoor research you may have uncovered in the winter months.

The ANEFHS have recently published two new MI booklets to add to their extensive range of NE graveyards. The Kirkyard of Fetteresso and Oldmeldrum (1891 extension) are now available, both priced at 7.50. I'd recommend anyone with ancestors in these areas to purchase these! Many thanks to Jean Shirer of the ANEFHS for this information.

That's it for now. Don't forget there are updates every month so remember to check back!

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Colin A Milne