A Guide to Online Resources
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Taken from the collective Census' 1851-1901, please click on the icon below to download a copy. You will require Acrobat or similar viewer to read the document.
The official, government records collection, based in Edinburgh at Register House. The site offers access through a credit purchase system to birth, marriage and death records and census returns of Scotland, from as early as the 1500s. Also available to search are wills and testaments and some Catholic records. All records can be downloaded directly to your computer, an option currently unavailable (for Scottish records) through popular family history sites such as Ancestry. You can therefore easily obtain original copies of records, which provide more information than other digital sources.
Provided freely by the Moray Council and maintained daily by the Moray Heritage Centre, this is an excellent resource for family searchers. The site format is perhaps a little dated, but once you have the hang of it, you may be surprised at what you can find. It is by no means comprehensive, but offers references to newspaper entries, gravestone inscriptions, property valuations and ownership, the Moray Council's archives and notable local historical figures. Libindx can provide further information upon names you may have found on other family history sites and in many ways can provide detailed aspects of your ancestors lives.
Based in London at Kew, the National Archives are a vast collection of documents which span the history of the United Kingdom. While the National Archives may not be your first port of call, they do hold an impressive collection of military service records, wills and testaments and assorted legal documents. Search the National Archives to find out more about the lives of your relatives.
The official Government archives of Scotland. While the site will direct you towards Scotland's People for family history searches, you can and with some difficulty search the NAS holdings. These for the better part comprise of important historical documents pertaining to important Scottish figures and their families. However you never know what just might turn up, helping to provide you with more information upon the lives of your ancestors.
Access to millions of books and digital collections. The maps collection of the NLS is very useful. See our maps link page here. Also available through the NLS is the Scottish Post Office Directories.
Understanding the names of old occupations can be difficult and misleading. Scotland's People have provided a page with over 1500 occupations described and listed from Abbots to Yarndressers.
Aberdeen University’s Special Libraries and Archives provides a unique and internationally significant range of printed, archival and other documentary sources for the benefit of the higher education community and beyond.
Search the collections here.
A helpful and free site maintained by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The site is easy to use but has notable errors in some of the content and you will be required to register an account. The content is not as complete as Scotland's People. Family Search is a good first port of call to discover what information you can access for free, before visiting Scotland's People or other pay sites such as Ancestry. Family Search is known to suffer from frequent slow downs and server down time.
Limited collections of Census records available free through the FreeCen web site. For Banffshire this includes 1841, 1851 & 1861.
An excellent source of the 'old' families of Portgordon, reliably presented by Professor Peter Reid. If your are searching for Portgordon roots, check here first.
An excellent site dedicated to recording the monumental inscriptions of our old and decaying church yards. An online search is available which is quick and easy to use. Many additional details and photographs are also available through the groups publications, which can be accessed at the Moray Heritage Centre.
Love or hate it, Ancestry is an effective tool for tracing your family history. The Scottish records which are available are not as complete or as comprehensive as Scotland's People. You need to pay for your searches and access to digital documents, either on a pay as you go bases or a yearly subscription. Ancestry's two week free trial gives you full access to all of the site's services and is worth while if you feel you can work fast. For Scottish families you can make good use of the Census data from 1841-1901. Should you find that a branch of your family had moved to England or overseas, Ancestry then comes into its own. Be wary of the user created family trees, there as some spectacular blunders to be found.
Although long forgotten now, many Scottish families lived and worked in India between 1707-1900s. The FIBIS database offers access to a large collection of births, marriages and deaths, newspaper entries and passenger lists. Much of the information on FIBIS is directly connected to the India Office collection at the British Library.
Founded in 1880 the Club have a vast archive of publications covering various aspects of Banffshire's history. The Social History collection should prove the most useful to family historians.
Moray Local Heritage Centre
LIBINDX (online search)
Scottish National Archives
Online Digital Books - ebooks
There are a couple of free digital book collections available to search. Other collections require a subscription or an academic log in. You will be amazed at what you can find from many out of copyright 19th century books, towards family history and local history studies. Three notable free sites are; Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive and Google Books. Check our local selection of online books here.