Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives: Town House branch

About this Resource

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives houses the records of Aberdeen City Council and its predecessors dating back to the twelfth century. In addition, the Archives currently administers the records inherited by Aberdeenshire Council.

The holdings also include the records of local businesses, churches, charities, voluntary organisations and individuals, and the Assessor’s records for the Grampian Joint Valuation Board. Some records are held under the Charge and Superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. Public access to the archive's collections is facilitated in our Town House and Old Aberdeen search rooms.

Our major holdings at the Town House branch are:
• Local authority records for the City, including those relating to the burghs of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen and Woodside
• Burial records for City cemeteries - also available to access remotely through Deceased Online
• Registers of shipping and sea fishing vessels for the Port of Aberdeen
• Burgh Register of Sasines (including Town Clerk’s Protocol Books) from 1484 - 1809
• Church records for the ‘City churches’ of the Church of Scotland and many of the congregational churches
• Private records of individuals and businesses including NORCO and Hall Russell
• Tax Lists listing inhabitants of the Burgh of Aberdeen from 1795-1860 (Town House).

The website provides additional information about the collections, access to the online catalogue and indexes and transcripts of certain records.


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Resource Details

Resource Type



Architecture, Surveying and Town Planning
Business & Commerce
Ecclesiastical & Religious
Maritime (navy, lighthouses, commercial shipping, and fisheries)
Medicine & Public Health
Social Work
Urban History

Geographical Coverage



1200 - 1299
1300 - 1399
1400 - 1499
1500 - 1599
1600 - 1699
1700 - 1799
1800 - 1899
1900 - 1945
1945 - 2000
2000 - present


Open to public: see website for opening hours

Online Availability

Onsite access only

Official Records

Customs & Excise


Town House
Broad Street
AB10 1AQ
Entry last updated: June 25th, 2018

Please note that links to websites and catalogues are provided by the Organisations listed and not maintained by Scottish Local History Forum.