NE Scotland Genealogy


My Ancestors
My Book
Odds & Ends
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'd like to thank Ken MacKenzie this month for taking the trouble to write to me with the names of his schoolmates at Skene Square School in 1960, as seen in my School Photos page (no77). These photos are always fascinating - and having the names is icing on the cake! Thanks again to Ken (and not forgetting his wife Ann). Should you remember Ken from those days, let me know and I'll put you in touch.

Two more photos of yesteryear in Aberdeen. The widening of Union St Bridge in 1906 (traffic problems even back then!) and the Cowdray Hall area in 1954 - long before the loss of the Schoolhill railway station and the sad demise of the Triple Kirk. See them now on my Local Photos page.

Another two gravestones for my Strays page. These are monuments to those whose resting place may not be in the area they were associated with during their lives. Is your ancestor waiting to be discovered? Some have already been lucky and found long lost relatives - perhaps it'll be your turn next!


The ANEFHS have published another in their series of MI booklets - this latest one covers Blairdaff, St Johns' the Evangelist, St Ninians & The Chapel of Apollinaris. The order code is AA094 and it costs a very reasonable 3 I have quite a collection of these booklets myself and I thoroughly recommend them.They're a great help in the search for ancestors and because they list every stone, regardless of age, you don't risk missing any of them (as can easily happen when you visit). Many thanks to Jean Shirer for keeping me up to date on this. Keep up the good work Jean!

This is a great time to be visiting the area. Reasonable temperatures, mostly dry and good light. Just what you need to explore our local graveyards and other historic sites. So save up all your bread, fly TWA and get here (with apologies to a certain song by The Animals).

That's it for this month. Remember my regular updates and don't be a stranger!

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Colin A Milne