Aberdeenshire County Public Records

Aberdeenshire, Scotland Public Records Office, Location & Info

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Woodhill House
Westburn Road, Aberdeen
AB16 5GB Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeenshire Scotland Public Record Office, is the only record office that is not actually located within it’s own county. If you would like to visit, the address is as follows:

At this location one can find a variety of records such as; charters, accounts, photographs, plans, and maps. In 1996, it was administered that the Aberdeen City Council collect and keep all the historical documents of its own county, as well as, Aberdeenshire, Kincardine, Banff, and Moray. The following specific records can be found at the Woodhill House:

Burgh Records: Records of the self-governing towns,town Council minutes, letters, harbor records, plans and accounts, dating as far back as 1890. This allows the town to be able to preserve its local history by keeping such documents.

Church Records: Records of Methodist and Episcopalian churches, located in the North East.

Commissioners of Supply Records: Records and accounts survived of documents pertaining to the administration of the counties land to their landowners.

County Council and District Council Records: The county councils were established in 1890. They were in charge of overseeing local authority functions such as education, roads, public health, planning, and housing dated up until the year 1975.

Deposited Records: The records of the town’s businesses, local organizations, churches, and individuals have been deposited in order to keep the local town’s history permanent.

Poor Relief Records: Welfare support was controlled by the city councils from 1845-1948, know as Poor Relief, until the state took over control of welfare programs. The records include applications and registers of the poor relief program.

School Records: These records are of admission registers and log books. Most of these records are dated after 1872, before the Education Act of Scotland went into affect that year, which required that a certain amount of education must be completed for every citizen. Yet, there are still some records that survive that date back farther than 1872.

School Boards and Education Authorities: Records of school buildings and teacher’s employment. In the north-east, education was governed by school boards, dating back to 1873 all the way until 1919. The county councils then took over until 1929.

Valuation Rolls: These records have recorded all the addresses, what the particular property was being used for, the name of the owner, and if there was one, the tenant’s name of its own county. As well as the current value of the said property that have existed since 1855. All this is necessary in order for local taxation.

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