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Highland Clearances – where did they go?

The exodus of Scottish tenant farmers and their families to Canada, the Americas and Australasia has resulted in Highland Scottish enclaves all round the former British Empire, some of whom are more Scottish than the Scots. Where did they go and how do we find them? What were their lives like? Where are the records?


Crofts and crofting – a unique way of life in the Highlands and Islands

The story of the Highland Clearances is well-known. One of the consequences was that those tenants who didn’t emigrate were forced on to marginal small-holdings called ‘crofts’ on the coast of the Highlands and many Island communities. What was life like? Where are the records? How can they be found? Many communities are compiling Croft Histories which are invaluable aids to tracing this unique lifestyle. Mike’s father was born in the same croft that had been in the family for hundreds of years, and still is.


Finding Rhoda

The true story of the search for a missing cousin of Mike’s who left the Isle of Lewis in 1923 to come to Western Australia as part of the ill-fated ‘Group Settlement’ scheme. In this presentation Mike will explore the genealogical records of the Western Isles, the various settlement schemes for immigrants and what’s involved in tracing descendants in Australia.


The mystery of the Standing Stones – Orkney, Lewis and Ireland

Anyone who has visited Stonehenge, the best known of the neolithic monuments in Britain, can relate to the feeling of ancient mystery invoked by these imposing monoliths. There are many other sites in Britain where you can find other standing stones. What were they? Who built them? Why were they built? Lesley will take you on a journey back 5000 years to give an archaeological insight into the Callanish stones of the Isle of Lewis, the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys and the Newgrange Passage tomb near Dublin.


Scottish Convicts


Scotlands Genealogy

Chris Halliday  -  Scotlands Genealogy

Experienced genealogist and family historian based in Edinburgh,Scotland. I am a MA(Hons) graduate in Scottish Culture and MSc in Genealogy. A member of the Scottish Genealogy Society,Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society and probationer at the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA). Ideally situated to visit the National Registers of Scotland and National Library of Scotland.

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Scotlands Genealogy

Chris Halliday  -  Scotlands Genealogy

Experienced genealogist and family historian based in Edinburgh,Scotland. I am a MA(Hons) graduate in Scottish Culture and MSc in Genealogy. A member of the Scottish Genealogy Society,Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society and probationer at the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA). Ideally situated to visit the National Registers of Scotland and National Library of Scotland.

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