New Emigrant Website www.hebridespeople.com Up and Running
31 August 2012
After a trial period of a few weeks, the new emigrant
website www.hebridespeople.com was
formally opened on Friday 20th June 2012 at Seallam! Visitor Centre
in Northton, Isle of Harris, by George MacKenzie, Registrar General
and Keeper of the Records of Scotland.
well as much other information on the Outer Hebrides and their
history, the website now includes a searchable database with
information on over 22,000 emigrants who left the Outer Hebrides
between 1780 and 1920.
information is drawn from the records gathered over fifty and more
years by Bill Lawson, who is internationally known as the
genealogist of the Outer Hebrides area. In addition to his
comprehensive database of all island families, he has researched
the census and other records in the main emigration areas, to
identify families there of island origins.
emigrants before the 1820s, the database information is often
incomplete, reflecting the limitations of the source material at
that period, but after 1820 it generally has information on spouse,
parents, village of origin in the Outer Hebrides, destination
overseas, date of emigration (often approximate) and on occasion
the name of the emigration ship. There are also cases where it is
known that families left the Outer Hebrides, but their destination
is not currently known - though since new information is constantly
becoming available, fuller details may be available in the next
version of the database!
Although the database is primarily aimed at the
overseas descendants seeking to find their family's origin, it will
also be helpful for UK researchers trying to find where emigrant
website works on the system of purchasing and using credits, which
is similar to that which will already be familiar to researchers on
the scotlandspeople web-site. All income from the site goes to the
maintenance of the resource and further development of the site,
which it is hoped will eventually provide information on a quarter
of a million persons from all over the Outer
Seallam! Visitor Centre
An Taobh Tuath (Northton)
Na Hearadh (Isle of Harris)
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