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Links last checked on 1 December 2014

Adding free access to UK earlier census information to the web.

Scottish Documents
Index of over 300,000 names in Scottish wills from 1500-1875.
lots of useful stuff - Famous Scot's wills, help with difficult language, writing and so on..  Huge web site and growing fast.

Update JUNE 2007 by Tricia Barnett
A Sutherland Family from Watten Parish, Caithness  - descended from William  Sutherland  (b abt 1685 - ) of Catchery in Watten Parish, Caithness, Scotland,
It is with deep sadness that I have to advise of the death of William (Bill) Murray Sutherland on 28 May 2007.   Bill was the person who started this website  http://www3.telus.net/kamuwija/default.htm and he  aimed to update it regularly with his last update being this May.  He had a great passion for working on the Family Tree and felt a real kinship for all of the people included in it - he was proud to call them his family. 
William b 1685 had a son William b1716  who married Janet Murray. They had 12 known children - 3 of whom we follow on the website below
Peter Sutherland (b 1761 Watten - d 1823 Clyde River, NS, Canada) Courtesy of W M (Bill) Sutherland deceased 2007
Mary Sutherland (b 1750 Watten - d Caithness) Courtesy of Tricia Barnett(nee More) and Andrew Cormack
Josiah Sutherland (b 1759 Watten )
Courtesy of Douglas Nicholson
Contact email addresses included in Sutherland Website:
It is hoped to continue to update this regularly.   If you should have any > marriages, births, deaths, links, etc., to report, kindly please advise me at tricia.barnett@btinternet.com  and I will happily ensure they are recorded in the next update.  
Currently I am checking out possible connections to other children of William and Janet.  
One such query :
Was  Ann Sutherland who married  Francis Bremner the same Ann b 1757 to William and Janet?
Updated 1 May 2005
From W M (Bill) Sutherland  See above Bill Passed Away
in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The Sutherlands, of Watten Parish,  - descended from William Sutherland

(b abt 1685 - ) of Watten Parish, Caithness Co., Scotland, grandfather to Mary Sutherland (b 1750 - ), Josiah Sutherland (b 1759 - ) and Peter Sutherland (b 1761 - d 1823). All were born in Watten Parish. Peter Sutherland died in Clyde River, NS, Canada.  Contact addresses included in Website: http://www3.telus.net/kamuwija/default.htm

Geddes Family Information
Tracey Geddes has information on many family names and especially Geddes. "
I am a Geddes from Caithness, now living in Aberdeen. I have a database of my tree on  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com    The database is called tikkity. Please feel free to have a look and see if there are any clues for you there."

Caithness Family History Society

Gordon Johnsons Genealogy Articles 

North Highland Archive in Wick has a huge amount of material.

Gunn Connections

Do You Have A Brims Family Connection?
The Brims Castle site now has a Brims Family Message Board for anyone with connections to get in touch.

Genealogy Forum On Caithness.org - Leave messages for information you are looking for here
Family History Section Commenced on Caithness.org 28 December 2000

1891 The Broynachs And the Earldom of Caithness
Rootsweb - Caithness Mailing List

Edward John Page, Whyalla, Australia has carried out extensive research on his Caithness, Orkney and Suffolk connections.  He has supplied some information on the William Miller connections to his family published in the Caithness.org Family History section.  His own web site has many names listed with Caithness connection such as - Bain, Bremner, Bruce, Calder, Campbell, Cormack, Craig, Downie, Dunnet, Farquhar, Flett, Gow, Groat, Gunn, Ham, Henderson, Horn, Johnston, Leith, Mackay, Mackenzie, Manson, Miller, Mowat, Mowatt, Murray, Nicolson, Oag, Robertson, Sinclair, Steven, Sutherland, Swanson, Taylor, Thain.  

Clan Sinclair Study Centre
Sinclair Connections -Links List on Caithness.org

Rosie Family - In Australia looking for informationGunn Searches

Scots Origins
A new web site from the General Register of Scotland to help tracking your Scottish ancestry

National Archives of Scotland

Highland Archive Centre
Hold records relating to the Highlands

For Caithness the Archive Section of the local Library will carry out searches for a fee.  Local information can be researched personally and the archivist will offer assistance.

National Library of Scotland

Parish Records in Scotland
The Church of Scotland has over 900 parishes and the registers are held by the Register General on Microfilm.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have microfilmed the registers and they can be viewed at any Family History Centre in the world.  A list of the centres in the UK can be obtained from - 
Genealogical Society of Utah (UK)
185 Penns Lane
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 1JU 

Family History - How Do I Begin?

Court, Government & Criminal Records 

Birth, Marriage & Death Records 

Military Records

General Register Office Scotland 

They Went To America
Ellis Island Records

Ancestral Scotland

BBC History -links to other information

Cyndislist - a huge listing of web sites - cross linked in about 100 different categories.

Family Search - Free from the Mormons a listing of over 400 million names.  Searchable.

Rootsweb - Discussion and listings

Society of Genealogists - UK - lots of links etc

Commonwealth War Graves - searchable by name.1.7million names who died in two world wars.  British Commonwealth.

Clan Mackay Society - USA

Clan Mackay

Ancestry.com  One of the most popular

Roots Web

Family Tree Maker

Surname Web

Ancestral Findings

Ancestry.com US oriented site

Family Tree Maker

Genealogy.com - Taken from the web

www.cwgc.org  Commonwealth Graves Commission

www.roots.com  Lots of info mainly American

Glasgow and West Scotland FHS

http://www.nara.gov National Archives Washington DC.   Holds federal records from the American revolution 1775 on.

http://lcweb.loc.gov Library of Congress - Probably the largest library in the world.

http://www.archives.state.n.us Rhode Island State Archives. Many county records held.

Federation of Family History Societies -
how to start and lots of links

Ellis Island The American Family Immigration History Centre.  Project to create a searchable database of the 17 million people who emigrated to the USA through Ellis Island 1892 - 1924.  If you visit in person you can see the museum and the huge number of people who came from all over the world and in exactly what numbers.  The ferries run from Battery Park regularly all day at the end of Manhatten Island.  The trip usually includes the Statue of Liberty on a separate island.  If you want to use the facilities for looking up information go early and allow plenty of time.  Last Ferry of the day in winter is about 4.00pm
Staff are very helpful but this is a very busy tourist destination.

Genforum Names of mainly American people looking for their ancestors.

National Archive of Ireland
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Genealogical society of Northern Ireland

Directory Of Irish Genealogy

General Register Office of Scotland
National Statistics UK