kingstreetreopenOur Research Centre, opened in 1987 and the first of its kind in the country, is available for members use. The centre is also open to members of other Scottish Family History Societies. The Research Centre is the hub of the Society's activities, staffed by volunteer members who are delighted to assist you trace your family tree and tell you how to go about it.

Facilities include free WiFi, a large library, microfilm and microfiche of the IGI (the whole world), OPR's and census records for a wide area. wifi

Research assistance into N.E. Scotland ancestry can be carried out for out-of-area members by Society volunteers, at a nominal charge plus expenses (such as Registrar's fees, postage, photocopies etc.). See our current scale of charges for details.  For a research request (members only), please complete our research form.

In addition to our own series of publications, a comprehensive range of publications is stocked, including those of other Scottish Societies and the Federation of Family History Societies. 

Our Research Centre is at 158-164 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5BD  (Map)

Until further notice, access will be by appointment only.  An appointment lasts for up to 2½ hours, between 10:15am and 12:45pm Monday to Saturday or between 1:15pm and 3:45pm Monday to Friday.  To reserve a slot, please telephone the Society on 01224 646323 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday or between 10am and 1pm Saturday.

All users of our Centre must bring and wear a face-covering. To prepare for your visit to our Centre, please read our Covid-19 Safety Policy and other guidelines here.  An appointment is for one person at one computer only. Staff can fetch other materials for you. For our remote members, it may also be possible to book a slot for a video consultation with a volunteer (e.g. using Zoom or Google Meet).

Please note that the centre will be closed on Aberdeen local holidays.

The local holidays for 2021 are:
19th April, 3rd May, 12th July and 27th September

Christmas closure:
Close at 4:00pm Thu 23rd Dec., reopen 10:00am Wed. 5th Jan. 2022