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Shetland Heritage Association

This website contains details and information about the unique network of heritage centres, rural museums, history and heritage groups which operate right across the Shetland Islands. Find them here

Bayanne - Shetland Family History Database

This first class resource has been developed and is maintained by Tony Gott. The database contains in excess of 300,000 individuals all carefully allocated to their respective family trees. Find this resource here

Please note that for data protection reasons this database does not included living people and should not be confused with the Shetland Family History Society database which does include living entries and is not published online because of those same data protection issues. Contact us to access this resource here

Shetland ForWirds

Shetland ForWirds promotes and celebrates Shetland dialect. This unique dialect, with both Nordic and Scottish roots, is a valued and essential element of Shetland’s distinctive heritage and culture. Find them here


Official database of Birth, Marriage and Death Records for Scotland, also Census records. Copy certificates can be ordered on-line. Find them here

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies promotes and encourages the study of Scottish family history, and provides a forum for the exchange of information among members. Find them here

Shetland Roots

John Robertson's site, as he says "The first edition of this website went online in 2006. Here I would like to present the third and latest version – perhaps the result of a seven year itch. The main change has been to refresh the layout of the site together with adding material to assist in finding out more about your ancestors. Therefore, the focus is on the Shetland Family Historian and to compliment the wonderful resources already available online.". Find him here

Transcriptions of Birth, Marriage and Death Notices

Created by Janice Halcrow, these are transcriptions of the birth, marriage and death notices from The Shetland Times from 1872 (when it was first published) up to 1900. They are done exactly as they appeared in the original newspapers, misspellings and all! Find them here

Shetland General
Promote Shetland
Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Islands Council
Official site for Shetland Islands Council
Geological Tours of Shetland
Information on Shetland Geology

The Shetland Times