Aberdeenshire was a strong centre for the Scottish Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of Scotland (established in 1694), meaning that many church events from the county aren‘t on ScotlandsPeople. Registers for the city are available at Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives, while records for the wider county are held within the University of Aberdeen‘s Special Collections. history/archives/loc_archives homepage.asp), the joint archive service for both the county and the city. Based within two facilities in Aberdeen: the old Town House on Broad Street focuses primarily on the records of historic Aberdeenshire, along with holdings from Kincardine, Banff and Moray; while Aberdeen City’s historic record is catered for at Old Aberdeen House on Dunbar Street.
There is no shortage of documentation for the city, which originated in the medieval period as two separate burghs, Old Aberdeen and New Aberdeen. “The Old Aberdeen burgh was historically based around the King’s College area,” says senior archivist Ruaraidh Wishart, “while New Aberdeen was located where the Union Street area of the city exists today. We are lucky in that our records for New
Ships leave Victoria Dock in Aberdeen Harbour, 1885. Shipbuilding was vital to the city's resurgence