Hebrides People website launches

On Friday, David attended the launch of www.hebridespeople.com at the Seallam Centre at Northton, Harris.

Home page of Hebrides People

George Mackenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland and Registrar General, officially launched the website which is the key out put of a a project to make the lifetime research of Bill Lawson available online.

The first part of the website to go live is a database regarding Western Isles emigrants from the 18th century onwards.  Over 22,000 individuals are listed with details of where they came from, where they went and the ships on which they travelled.   Information has been gathered from numerous sources of varying detail over the years by Bill, including resources in Canada, to provide a fantastic for genealogists the world over to trace that illusive ancestor who disappeared from the census!

The next stage of the website’s development will be the addition of the family trees and genealogical information built up over the years from Bill’s research across the islands which will see information on nearly 250,000 individuals included.

To use the site, you need to register and buy research credits in a similar manner to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. The sites compliment one another perfectly and, along with sites such as Hebridean Connections, Hebrides People adds additional layers of information not available in the statutory records.  All are sites to bookmark and keep returning to!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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