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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

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