Aberdeen & North East Family
History Society A must for those who are studying the area.
Might I recommend you join now!
Group for Peterhead Lots of
interesting letters and queries regarding the coastal town of Peterhead, NE
Message Board for Aberdeenshire Read the queries being raised
and answered for this part of the NE of Scotland.
Definitely worth a peek.
Message Board for Kincardineshire As above, this time for
Family Search THE site for finding your ancestors,
run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints it includes IGI and
PAF information. An absolute must!!
Genealogy Forum Contact others seeking information on
ancestors. An active site with lots of
Genealogy A wonderful site for those like me who have Blair
Honour A site run by volunteers with databases of those who fell in
the World Wars and various other conflicts. It includes names from every
county of the UK with more being added all the time.
Cyndi's List of
Genealogy Sites on the Internet What can you say? Its
biggest site of its kind. There are genealogical links to just about
every country and almost every aspect of genealogical research.
The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission A very informative site for those who lost
relatives in the first or second world wars. Comprehensive search
facilities allow you to trace your long lost loved ones.
Very professional and very interesting.
Genealogy Message Board LookupUK.com message board for
Scottish information. Is someone out there trying to contact you?
Maps A chance to see your part of Scotland
online from these Victorian maps.
Very interesting indeed!
BDM Exchange A site that covers the births, deaths and
marriages of Scotland! Congrats to those who run the site - and those
who contribute! This one is growing all the time.
Island American Family Immigration History Centre. A wonderful
site for those with ancestors who journeyed to the USA.
I especially like
the ships' logs. A real
treasure trove, and it's free!
extensive website that specialises in the study of the names Brebner/Bremner.
In addition there are photos and databases
pertaining to the NE of Scotland.
Memorials in North Kincardineshire A number of transcriptions of
these poignant reminders to those who were lost in the first and second
world wars. Congratulations to Andrew McHardy on a job well done!
The London Gazette
Where you will find complete archives of the London Gazette Supplement.
These contain lists of those who were decorated for war service during
World War I and II. All free of charge. Check it out!
Bereavement Services Contact
details for enquiries about the last resting places within the city. In my experience the staff
are usually very helpful!
- List of Burial Grounds This will help you identify all the burial
grounds in Aberdeenshire along with contact details for seeking burial
District An independent website with pictures and details not only
of Portlethen but other interesting areas of the North-East. Included
are some 360o panoramic views of the
district. It's just like being there! Well done Ken!
Carved Stones Scotland
This site looks at our Celtic and Pictish past and the treasures left by
our ancient ancestors. Some snippets of great interest!
Historic Scotland An
official site of the Scottish Executive which features articles on what
is being done to preserve our heritage along with news of events taking
place throughout Scotland. Of special interest to our cousins abroad!
What's in a Name? Trying to
find out what your ancestors name means? Interested in all the
variations of a name? Then this is the site for you. A good database
that is increasing all the time. And its free!
Index You can check the surname of your choice against the
monumental inscriptions held by the Aberdeen & NE Family history
society. A great source of information for those who wish to find out if
there is a gravestone to their ancestors. A superb resource!
ANEFHS Map of NE of
Scotland resting places. There are over 350 resting places in this
area - now you can see their exact locations. A splendid piece of work
from one of the country's best family history society!
Heritage Society Some interesting stuff about the town and its
inhabitants. Meet the Society officials - and perhaps finally put faces
Researching your Graveyard A handy PDF published by Historic
Scotland with loads of information on finding reference material for
your favourite graveyard. As a bonus there's a wonderful photo of
Fordyce graveyard, complete with resting grave digger. Recommended!
BMD-Certificates Co Uk
Need some assistance with civil registration certificates? Don't have
enough information to order these yourself? Living abroad and don't have
the time to carry out the work? Then perhaps these folks can help. Might
be worth an enquiry at least.
Grampian Life A new
site that includes a forum to discuss local news, events, genealogy,
local history - and just about anything else if you want to. Congrats to
Russell Ward on this new venture!
Scottishgraveyards.org.uk A splendid site with a range of
topics from conservation to preservation of stones, local events,
projects etc. There are also a number of downloads you might find of
interest. And don't forget their links - one of which will take you
right back here!
National Library of Scotland
There's some wonderful maps of Scotland (and more particularly the
North-East) in this site. From 16th to 19th century these are
fascinating, and in some cases very detailed. Best of all, it's free!
Internet Library of Early
Journals This is an academic site which has been of help to me
in the past. Of particular interest to North-East fans is the Blackwoods
Magazine which features all kinds of articles/snippets of the area. Try
searching with some key words and see if anything turns up. You may be
The South Africa
War Grave Project - The goal - to archive photographs of every
single South African & Rhodesian war grave from the second Anglo-Boer
War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Rand Revolt, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War
to present day.
The Folk of
Some family research featuring the parish of Birse. Thanks to Sharon
Jamieson for sharing her work on this one. Do you connect to these
Aberdeen Reference Library - Wonderful resources and very helpful
staff. Highly recommended!
Aberdeenshire Council Local Studies Department - Very helpful staff
and many resources that are not known to everyone!
Historic Scotland - Researching Your Graveyard - This is a
thirty-three page document chock full of useful information for the
family researcher and graveyard enthusiast!
Aberdeen Built Ships
- This fascinating site has many online film clips of Aberdeen ships and
many other details of shipyards etc. An absolute gem!
Scottish Screen Archives - Loads of
historic movies and clips from all over Scotland including Aberdeen! You
could spend days looking at this lot!
The Long, Long Trail -
An amazing site giving detailed information on the Great War. If you had
ancestors who served in this conflict then this site is a must-see.
Portgordon - Detailed information regarding this Banffshire village
hosted by Dr Peter Reid of the Robert Gordon University. Great stuff!
Mariners - Loads
of information on civil and military vessels dating back to the 19th
century. A great reference site!
Directories - Loads of digitised directories dating back to the 19th
century. Your chance to 'thumb' through these old books for a chance to
find your ancestors. Covers England and Wales only.
The Farber Collection -
Over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on over 9,000 gravestones
in the NE United States. Some lovely photos for those interested in the
design aspects of memorials (like me!).
Banff & Buchan Arts Forum - Loads of details and photos of local
monuments and other interesting artefacts. Well worth a browse - I only
wish I could find a homepage!
Portlethen Heritage Society - A brand new website for this very
recently formed society, chaired by Fred Stewart with secretary Mrs Anne
Wilkins. I'll be watching this one with great interest. I recommend you
bookmark this one right away!
Aberdeen's Burial Records - A small PDF that shows where the burial
registers and records can be found for all Aberdeen City's resting
places. It's a great free leaflet. As an added bonus I'm mentioned in
it! A real pity it took me five years to find it! Grab it while you can.
Congregational Church Records Held by Aberdeen City Archives - This
is a 52 page PDF file listing all the church records presently held in
Aberdeen City archives. Well worth a download!
Portal to Portlethen - A
new website about this ancient Kincardineshire village.
Constructed by Ian Kenn it contains, among other things, histories,
stories, facts and photos which will be of great interest to locals and
historians alike. Well done Ian!
Aberdeen City War Memorials - A page constructed by Aberdeen City
Council showing every war memorial in Aberdeen with an accompanying
photograph. This is a splendid piece of work which I'm sure will be
Alexander MacDonald of Kepplestone - This webpage by Aberdeen City
Council relates to the catalogue of the correspondence and other papers
of Alexander Macdonald, granite merchant and proprietor of Aberdeen
Granite Works of Constitution Street. Always nice to know of such
treasure trove though you will have to visit Old Aberdeen House to see
- A blog created by Martin Siegling with some stunning photography. He
obviously knows his stuff and its a real treat for the eyes. Well done
Deceased online - This is a
commercial site containing nearly two million burial and cremation
records. Some of those records are for Aberdeen City. Searches are free
so what are you waiting for!
Fishing Boat Heritage - A
site run by Douglas Paterson indexing many fishing vessels of the UK,
Europe and beyond! So far Douglas has over 3000 entries and his site is
growing fast. A splendid project that I'm sure will meet with approval
from researchers everywhere. Well done Douglas and keep up the good
Silver City Vault - The
online home of local studies run by Aberdeen City Libraries. Searchable
indexes of local photos (over 1000 so far), almost 50,000 entries from
various sources including marriages, pauper lists, periodicals and
newspapers. Highly recommended - and highly addictive!
Anderson One Named
Study - North East Scotland - Have you got Anderson's in your family
tree? Then this might be just the site for you. And best of all it's
free! Congratulations to Bob Bruce and Chris Kennedy for your splendid
work on this one.
Genealogy in USA - Are you researching someone who served in the
military in the States? Then this could be the site for you! This
page not only describes what records are still available to researchers
but also includes a large list of databases available to access online.
Well worth checking out. Many thanks to Sarah James of Apple Creek
Historical Society for this one.
DC Thomson Shop - This contains a number of lovely photos of
Aberdeen and other places in the NE of Scotland. One particularly nice
feature is the zoom facility which allows you to examine these photos in
detail. My thanks to Brian Kennedy for letting me know about this one!
Women's Hospitals - This site contains many wonderful photos,
bibliographies and many many names. Congratulations to Alan Cumming for
putting this one together. It's a wonderful tribute to those women that
have served in that most noble profession.
History at Home : A Guide to Genealogy - There's some great stuff in
here for both beginners and experts alike. Sources of records, how to
interview relatives, preserving old documents and photos along with much
more! My thanks to Isabella for this one!
Home Advice Guide - How to Gather Family Information - One of the
most important aspects of family research is knowing what to collect in
documentation and approaching living relatives for their help in gaining
their stories and other facts. This site will help. Some good advice can
be found here along with links to many relevant sites. My thanks to
Steve Anastasiadis, editor of the HomeAdviceGuide.com website for
letting me know about this one!
Specialist Web Sites relating to fisherfolk of the NE
Stuart Christie Comprehensive family history material relating
to the Christies & Massons of Skateraw, Cowie, Muchalls, Findon
Lesley Finlayson Another site with family history stuff - some relating to Fetteresso.
Fishing families include the Massons, Adams & Christies.
Kinahan Comprehensive work on his ancestors from Skateraw.
Other material relates to his relatives from the villages of Portsoy,
Fordyce and Sandend.
Allan Featuring Christies of Stonehaven who originated in
Kincardineshire. Also links to Drumoak, Aberdeenshire -
another area of interest to me! .
Surnames Over 20,000 named individuals based on the family of
James W Allan. This includes many from the NE including Peterhead.