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. 

Everybody is welcome to visit our centre, though non-members are requested to pay a small fee.  Members should bring their Membership Card.  Membership Cards are distributed each year along with the February Journal, or can be obtained from the Members' home page on this website. 

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

After closing due to Covid-19, our centre reopened, with restrictions, on 3rd August 2020.  Our Covid-19 Safety Policy is here.

Until further notice, access will be by appointment only.  An appointment lasts for up to 2½ hours, between 10:15am and 12:45pm 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.

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).

The opening hours are:

Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Please note that the centre is closed on Aberdeen local holidays. 

The local holidays for 2020 are:
20th April, 8th May, 13th July and 28th September

Christmas closure:
Close at 4:00pm Tue 22nd Dec., reopen 10:00am Tue. 5th Jan. 2021