Do you have Orcadian roots?

Search the Orkney census for your surname:
Do you know what the Top Ten Surnames were in 1841-1911 ? click here to see the table.

What's on:

OFFICE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In the interests of public health and the safety of our volunteers, we have taken the decision to close our office with immediate effect. We will be reviewing this decision based on advice from NHS Scotland and Government information. We are sorry if you were planning a visit to us but we are willing to help members/visitors if we can by working from home. We thank you for your understanding and hope that you all stay safe.
Please email enquiries to secretary2013@orkneyfhs.co.uk

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View the current programme of events, non members are welcome to attend.


Members Pages

Members can view additional Society information and have access to the following online resources:
BMDs, Census, Members Page, Message board, M.I.'s, Parishes, Resources,
Sib Folk News, Trees.

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 and other set queries, 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 - 7th March 2016

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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