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      Ancestral Tourism and Finding Your Family History

Over the centuries, many sons and daughters from Peterhead ventured across the world to start new lives. From other parts of Scotland to the wilds of Canada, many people can claim Blootoon ancestors. As interest in family history grows, so do the number of people who visit the town to see where their ancestors grew up, or to follow clues and fill in gaps in their family stories.

Even if you can’t visit in person, there are lots of places to find information and assistance. This page outlines some of the resources available.

       The Family History Society of Buchan

   At their Family History Centre at 22 Harbour Street (close to the panels at the Russian Cannon), the Family History Society of Buchan hold a wealth of local knowledge and resources. There is also a research service which can be accessed for a reasonable fee - very useful if you can’t visit the area in person.

The society has volunteers who can give advice on your research, and if you join the society there is a regular newsletter. Members also have free access to an ever increasing pool of information, including births,  marriages, deaths and burials. For more information on the Family History Society, including how to join, please see www.buchanroots.scot

Official Records

Scottish records for births, deaths and marriages can be accessed online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can arrange to visit the local Registrar’s office at Buchan House, on St Peters Street. Telephone 01779 483244 to arrange an appointment. Peterhead library also has  a lot of information on microfiche, and have old newspapers going back to the late 1800’s. Tel: 01779 472554.

Peterhead tailor Davie Chalmers. 1928