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Society and Member Projects

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.

This can be in the form of transcribing, or indexing records, or more general research.It also has become apparent that there is some duplication of effort (and there is nothing more galling than to find someone publicising their results shortly before your many years of work are ready for publication). 

What Next?

The Committee has agreed that the Society will publicise ongoing projects in the magazine and on this website. 

How Do I Publicise My Project Or Offer Someone Help?

  • In the first instance contact our editor by email: editor@shetland-fhs.org.uk
  • If you are working on a project let her know the working title of your project together with a brief resumé of the content, and state if you are willing to accept any help from other members. If you are willing to accept help state how members can contact you i.e. via the Garthspool offices, by snail mail or by e-mail.
    N.B. Snail mail & e-mail addresses will NOT be posted on the website unless you specifically ask for this to be done.
  • If you wish to offer help again contact the Editor in the first instance.

What Projects Do We Know Of At The Moment?

Society Projects

  • Transcription of Statutory Censuses for Shetland - Now completed & published.
  • Transcription of Dedication inscriptions within all religious premises in Shetland - now completed & published.

New projects

  • Indexing of previous copies of Coontin Kin

This work is almost complete and will give a short précis of the main articles in each journal, making it easier to decide  which  might aid areas of interest and research. The relevant back numbers can then be purchased.

  • Merchant Navy Discharge Books

This is a huge, on-going project to log all the information held in these documents – invaluable for the details contained of the lives, ships and voyages of Shetland seamen throughout many years.  The books are lent to the SFHS for the information to be logged into a database and then returned to the owner or family or, if they wish, deposited with the Shetland Museum and Archives.

  • World War 1 Shetlanders

This project has been worked on for a number of years now to compile an enormous amount of data from a multitude of sources to build up files on each Shetlander who fought in the conflict. This will mean that, on contacting the Society, any family member of a Shetland combatant will be able to access all the details held on their relative.

  • Lerwick New Cemetery new extension

This area is the most recent addition to the Lerwick Cemetery. Transcribing all the information on the headstones began two years ago and will be a work in progress for many years to come. Initial typing is underway but already there are numerous additions to many stones, so an update will be needed each year.

It is a number of years since original graveyard transcriptions were done and these Kirk Yards would also need information rechecked.  A number of  helpers would be needed for this project so if any members wish to be involved please get in touch with the secretary.

  •  Dunrossness Kirkyard

All headstones in this cemetery have been photographed by member Joyce Henderson, making an excellent addition to the already transcribed information.

Members' Projects and Articles

This is your space to use. Let us know what you are doing.