Aberdour’s death records now online

The notebook has recorded deaths in Aberdour as early as 1817.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

The notebook has recorded deaths in Aberdour as early as 1817. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

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Fifers planning to research their family history in Aberdour can now access information more easily after a record of deaths in the village was made available online.

Documents detailing inscriptions from gravestones as well as records from old death registers - dating as far back as 1790 - can now be downloaded from the Aberdour Cultural Association website.

The move comes after the original notebook was made available to the public at the local post office.

Gordon Thomson, Aberdour postmaster, explained how the record was compiled: “About 15 years ago some people realised the stones in the graveyard were beginning to wear away and their information was being lost,” he said.

“So those who had an interest in family history decided to try to gather as much information as possible from the stones before it was lost altogether.

‘‘Vllagers went round the stones to take down the inscriptions by hand. An elderly lady called Marjorie Stewart, who had worked as a recorder, put all the information that had been collected together in the notebook.”

Last autumn it was decided it would be useful to have a digital copy of the records so it could be made more freely available to researchers - particularly those who don’t live locally.

Gordon and his wife Hazel volunteered to scan each page and Hazel compiled an index of names for the first three sections of the document. She then put all the information onto disc allowing Alison Chapman and Lewis Banks from the Aberdour Cultural Association to put it online.

Gordon continued: “The original notebook was given to me by Aberdour Community Council to keep in the post office.

‘‘There is a desk here where people can look at the notebook and find the information they are looking for.”

Hazel added: “The notebook itself is very interesting as it shows how different life was back then.

‘‘It gives you an insight into the jobs people did as well as the numbers of children who died at an early age.”

To see the records, visit www.aberdourculture.org.uk