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Routes to Your North East Roots

Local organisations in Aberdeen City and Shire are working together to capitalise on the business opportunity around ancestral tourism.

The Aberdeen and North East Scotland Ancestral Tourism Partnership, an affiliation of regional archives, registrars, family history societies and other organisations, have joined forces to create a web portal for all the area’s family history resources.

The portal contains materials on, and links to: starting your family history search; sources of information; planning a visit; stories of North East family history; official records including births, marriages and deaths; lists of related organisations such as museums, libraries, local studies centres, archives and Family History Societies, and family history events.

Users can also download a printed guide - Routes to your North East Roots: A guide to researching family history in Aberdeen City and Shire.

Creation of the portal has been supplemented by a programme of networking events for local tourism businesses.

Phil Astley, City Archivist, Aberdeen City Council says:

Working in partnership across local authority boundaries has led to a much more joined-up approach to ancestral tourism. 

"Not only have we created a ‘one stop shop’ for family history researchers, we’ve also provided a valuable marketing resource for local tourism businesses and made it easier for potential ancestral tourists to plan a visit to the area”.

For more information visit www.northeastscotlandroots.com

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