Do you have Orcadian roots?

Search the Orkney census for your surname:

Do you know what the Top Ten Surnames were in 1841-1921 ? click here to see the table.

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Members Pages

Members can view additional Society information and have access to the following online resources:
BMDsThe Society has over 130,000 records of BMDs and other events which can be searched & viewed, CensusAll the Orkney census can be searched & viewed, Members PageSociety & Member information, Message BoardPost you own and view other members queries, MIsGravestone inscriptions & photos can be searched & viewed, ParishesEach parish has a page with relevant information, ResourcesOur resources have been indexed and can be searched, some documents can be viewed, eg Poor Lists, Sib Folk NewsPast issues of our magazine are available for online searching & viewing, TreesMembers can maintain their own tree online. The paper trees, held in the office, are being scanned and put on the website. All the trees can be searched & viewed

For more details about membership and to Subscribe online visit the Membership page.

Statistical Accounts of Orkney 1791-1845

From 1 August 2019, the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online website will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh Library for a period of two years. Scans, transcripts, map-based searching and our Related Resources will be available free of charge to all users.

The 2 account periods 1791-95 and 1832-45 give detailed descriptions for each parish covering Geography & Natural History, Population, Production have been digitised and can be viewed online.

Click on the Map to see these accounts and discover a bit of what life was like for your ancestors in Orkney.

St Magnus Cathedral Graveyard

One of the Society's largest projects has now been completed.

The 1400+ stones in St Magnus Cathedral Graveyard have all been transcribed, photographed and surveyed.
The graveyard is fully indexed and can be searched through the MI page.

The inscriptions are also available in a booklet, see the Publications page.

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