November 17th, 2020
NEW online content added for members
September 7th, 2020
The Hairst issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available, it’s now full colour throughout as we continue to develop and improve the publication. Issue no.112 has a wide range of interesting new material.
Issue number 115
Issue no.115, Hairst 2020, contains the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:
My Grandmother’s namesake by Anne Donnelly [member 2771]
Family roots in Unst, Budigarth in Haroldswick to be precise, lead to a life of hardship in many ways: imprisonment for what would nowadays be seen as very petty crime, stealing butter, poverty and possible seasonal fish worker movements to Dundee and Gateshead.
Memories of my Grandfather – Captain James Henry by Margaret S Robertson [member 13]
The author, a founder member of the Society, provides notes on her grandfather’s life and times at sea.
Probability over proof? Johnson/Leask by Susan Jones [member 1903]
Like many people, hard evidence of connection gets harder to locate as we dig further back. A very interesting piece as the author looks for the elusive connection from Shetland.
Shetland Amenity Trust Offices, Garthspool, Lerwick by Magnus Shearer [member 297]
The current location of the offices of the Shetland Family History Society at Garthspool, Lerwick have stood since around the mid 1880’s. The buildings have a rich maritime history and Magnus Shearer, who’s family were the last to run a business from the premises, gives a potted history of the buildings.
David Wishart – Mariner from Nesting by Alan Beattie [member 2]
An account by a son of his father’s life, born in Nesting around 1783. A seafarer, like many Shetlanders of his time.
... all this and much more.