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Sharing Shetland Surnames - 2017

April 25th, 2017

Following on from the highly successful projects last year the Society has two projects simmering away now for launch during the year.

Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available

March 23rd, 2017

The latest edition of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available and is full of interesting material.

Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available March 23rd, 2017

The latest issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available. Issue no.102 has the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

Peter Fraser of Sandsting by Neil Fraser [member no. 1058]

Neil Fraser lays down some very interesting information about the earliest ancestor he has managed to pin down in Shetland. The tales include the not uncommon information of ancestors receiving meal and bread as famine relief during the early 1800’s

Are these Fraser folk related to you?

A Family of Shetland Migrants to Australia by Margaret and Eric Smith [member no. 2461]

A detailed account of a mini exodus of relations of Robert Linklater and his first wife Mary Anderson, 11 separate journeys and 17 migrants between 1850 and the 1890’s, who now have many descendants in Australia.

The Henrys of Bayhall, Walls by Frank Robertson [member no. 2435]

An extensive account of the descendants of Reverend Thomas Hendrie, born 1585, and his subsequent appointment of Minister for the parishes of Walls, Sandness, Foula and Papa Stour.

The family went on to become prominent merchants and estate owners in the west side of Shetland.

Finding Bruce Fraser by Ian Fraser Rees

This tale of a Hamefarin from Wellington, New Zealand by the author to seek out his family roots, particularly that of his mother who was born in Walls in 1923. Chance meetings at Walls Methodist Kirk and the location of 100 year old family photos, an fruitful journey home indeed.

... all this and much more.

Members get it free as part of membership but back copies can be bought here