Sign up now for our next online event!

Our first virtual conference was a great success with over 300 people registering, the FREE handout of information from that event can still be viewed on this PDF: Post conference information and contacts. Such was that success, we are doing another!

This second event is titled Sharing Shetland. You can discover your ancestors’ place in Shetland history. It will be a live Q&A with our expert panel.

Registration for the event can be found here, just click this link.

These events are completely free but if anyone would like to help us offest the costs of hosting, a small donation can be made if you wish via the red "Donate" buttons on this website.

France – Battlefield and memorial tour

We are pleased to report that the 2023 Battlefield tour of WW1 sites has been re-arranged for 4-10th July 2023.

This tour will be wide ranging, extremely well guided and has been planned with visiting Shetland war graves as a priority. For more details, contact:

More new material available!

We now have the 1911 Shetland Census available to view in the Members Area. Behind the scenes this website, including the member’s area, the material there and functionality, is undergoing a revamp. In the fullness of time this census will become fully searchable and easier to use. For now, we are pleased to offer this for your personal research.

Great news, even more new research material available online to members, another great reason to support our work by getting yourself a membership, you can do that here.

Finally for now, this short video gives you a taste of what we do, who and where we are.

We all enjoyed making the video, many thanks to Barnum Smith and Mary Blance for all the help they gave us. Hope you enjoy it!

Susan Cooper

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Learn more about the Shetland Family History Society.


Feedback from our Members has shown us that many of them are working on projects to do with Shetland, which are more general than research into their own family trees.


Publications available form the society.


Map of Shetland Parishes


A clickable parish map of Shetland with information on each parish included...


Meetings and Events

24 Jun 2023

Hay - Sharing Shetland Surnames

Do you share Hay as a Shetland surname? If so, get your plans started for 2023!

Research Tips

We can help with your research, take a look at a few tips from us here...