The society publishes a regular journal, Coontin Kin. The magazine is published four times a year: the Voar edition in March, Simmer in June, Hairst in September, and Yule in December.

Membership of the society entitles you to receive the magazine free of charge, either by post or, for overseas members, electronically. Due to postage charges, we are encouraging the e-journal as part of the membership package.

The journal contains articles about Shetland history, Shetland families or individual people, and shorter transcripts of original records. It is well received, and the articles submitted, primarily by members, are of great interest and can be of real value to other researchers.

In addition to updating members on news regarding the Society and its members, Coontin Kin aims to provide a forum for discussion of members' interests, research queries and personal experiences. We encourage articles which reflect the wide diversity of Shetland and Shetlanders and hopefully extend our knowledge and understanding of the lives of our ancestors.

As such we are always keen to receive articles that you think may interest fellow members. These can be emailed to (any photos as jpegs please) or by post, FAO Editorial Group, to Shetland Family History Society, Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick, ZE1 0NY.

Please check the website for regular information on the journal, upcoming articles, requests, and other notices.

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Guide for submissions to Coontin Kin

We welcome articles from members and non-members on any subject relevant to the study of Shetland family history. These notes are a guide to authors.


If possible, supply your articles in Calibri Size 14 to facilitate the setting of the Journal.


Articles of any length are welcomed. Those of about 1200 words or less will be printed in one journal. Longer articles may be serialised as space allows. Please give references where possible.


We welcome illustrations to go with articles, but these should be submitted separately and not embedded in the article. Please ensure that they are large to be reproduced successfully - (around 500kb as a minimum, higher if possible. If scanning photos, please do so on a high resolution, as that will aid quality.

Please also remember to acknowledge the source of images, and any copyright issues.