Researching your Family History
We may be able to help by searching our archives for an ancestor with links to St Machar's Cathedral.
The Cathedral welcomes enquiries from those researching their family history. People get in touch with us from all over the world, trying to find a record of their forebears in Aberdeen – either at the Cathedral Kirkyard, or in the many historical minutes and records we hold in the Cathedral’s Charter Room.
The Archivist will be only too happy to help you with your search. Complete records of all who are buried in the Kirkyard are available and we also have records of infant Baptisms and Proclamation of Banns as well as Minute Books and church records dating back through the centuries in which family names can appear.
Some of the Baptismal records can be viewed by clicking on the links below while others not yet on line can be searched for you by the Archivist, on request by contacting the Cathedral office. Many of the entries especially in the 1872-
During the 19th century there were two ministerial charges at the Cathedral and for most of that time each minister maintained a separate Baptismal Record Book. Families can appear in both records and so it is advisable to consult both when searching for families rather than just one individual.
Access to the Records on line and research by the Archivist is free of charge but enquirers may wish to contribute to the upkeep of the Cathedral using the “DONATE” button on the Home Page.
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