Arbroath Library - Genealogy Resources
Arbroath Library holds a collection of books and ephemera highlighting all aspects of Arbroath past and present. Many other areas of Angus are also represented. There is a microfilm viewer, microfiche reader and a photocopier for public use.
Old Parish Registers (OPR’s)
Each library holds the OPR’s for its immediate area.
An Angus wide collection of OPR microfilms can be found in Angus Archives.
Each library holds the census for its immediate area.
An Angus wide collection of census on microfilm can be found in Angus Archives.
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
The IGI for Scotland is available in all full time libraries.
Newspapers - held on microfilm
|Arbroath Herald||1838 - date||Indexed 1889 - 1985|
|Arbroath Guide||1841 - 28 December 1989
(1844 - 1978 on microfilm)
|Indexed 1844 - 1978|
|Arbroath Journal||1841 - 1842
1839 on microfilm
The newspapers were indexed by name and subject until 1985. Warning! The births, deaths and marriages columns were not indexed and only the main obituaries were indexed.
Arbroath Library has only a few voters rolls for 1921-1924.
Index of Registers of Qualified Voters (Burgh and Parliamentary) 1832 - 1857.
See also Oliver & Boyd’s Edinburgh Almanac Angus Supplement for Arbroath voters, held in Forfar Library.
County Valuation Rolls: 1856-57; 1890-91; 1908; 1919-20; 1922-27.
Monumental Inscriptions (M.I.’s)
Pre-1855 Gravestones in Angus - ed. A. Mitchell.
Arbroath Year Book and the Eastern Angus Directory 1889 - 1956.
NOTE: 1915, 1917-19, 1921, 1927, 1941 - 47 missing.
Arbroath Library holds a very small collection of maps, mainly Ordnance Survey.
John Colville’s Protocol Book, 1775 - 1783
Arbroath Burgesses, 1790 - 1975
Commissioners of Supply, 1870
Register of Qualified Voters (Burgh & Parliamentary), 1832 - 1857
Fishing Boat index abstracted from the Arbroath Register of Fishing Vessels c.1812-c.1893
Arbroath photographs may now be found with Angus Archives.
Certain names are very common in Arbroath e.g. Cargill, Beattie, Swankie, Pert etc. If you do not have an address it is almost impossible to identify the “correct” ancestor.
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