Thursday, 27 May 2010

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire archives catalogues go online

The first of two major announcements today concerning Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

A major step in promoting public access to the historical records of the north east of Scotland will take place today when the archive catalogues of Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council become available online for the first time.

Researchers will be able to search 46 collections, consisting of 23,300 entries via the internet. Twenty of the collections are for Aberdeen City and the other 26 relate to Aberdeenshire collections. The most popular sources for family history, such as school records, parochial board/poor relief, burial registers, and Aberdeenshire militia records, are included.

A substantial amount of lesser known collections are represented including: building warrants; Commissioners of Supply; New Street Trustees; and a large number of burgh collections.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen said: “Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives exists to collect and preserve historical records relating to the City of Aberdeen and its locality and to secure significant modern records for future generation.

“By making these records available online will enable people from anywhere in the world to access this fascinating catalogue of historical documents.”

Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson said: “The launch of the online version of the Archive catalogue is a major step forward in promoting public access to the historical records of the north east of Scotland.

”The use of modern technology to increase access to often very old historical records is wonderfully exciting and with the history of the City and Shire being so intimately linked, it is appropriate that the Archive catalogue is a joint venture between the two authorities.”

The catalogue is available to search at
www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/archivecatalogue.


And get ready for another major announcement in my next post...!

(With thanks to Richard Gray)

Chris

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