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Good Web Site found my gggmother thanks for your help. Derek Osborne
Derek F Osborne <osborne@vmicro.com>
Murrieta, Ca USA - 
HI WALT AND FAMILY . SPENDING ONE YEAR TRAVELING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ONLY ,AND THEN BACK HOME TO SCOTLAND FOR A WHILE AND FIND SOME WORK BEFORE THE NEXT TRIP . HOPE YOU ARE ALL FINE LOVE DOUGLAS .
DOUGLAS CURSITER <dcursiter@hotmail.com>
USA - 
My great-grandfather was Wm. Louttit of South Ronaldsay, born 1833 son of George and Isabella, both Louttit. I would be interested in corresponding with anyone researching that line.
Lorraine Louttit Hilton <ford@ids.net>
Coventry, RI USA - 
VERY exciting site. I have done much research through Mormon libraries and found that your information verified what I have. Your links are wonderful too. Thank you, thank you. Do you want further information on the Moodies?
Maureen (Moodie) Daudistel <whd@pacifier.com>
Portland, OR USA - 
I was looking for the Scotland connection to the Laird's of Pa. and New York. Last known was Allen Laird, born1849 in N.Y.
James Laird <cadman@erie.net>
Erie, Pa. USA - 
I think this is a great pleace. I am looking for any trace of name Makenson and will appreciate if any one could help. There is a possibility that my ancestors used to live on Orkney Islands.
Henry Makenson <hmaken@cyberus.ca>
Ottawa, ON Canada - 
Thanks for a rewarding half hour
Philip Tester <philtes@tpgi.com.au>
Ballarat, Vic Australia - 
I am a descendant of George Frisken 1770, and have been informed that Frisken's still Live on the family Farm near Kirkwell and or that there are other Descendant's still Living on the Orkney's.I wood very much like to hear from you.As I have got 1100 plus descendants in my family tree but dont no of eny living in the orkney's please contact me eny time thank you .
Bevan A Bennett <BEVANATBIGPOND@bigpond.com.au>
Melbourne, vict Australia - 
Very interesting to see "HADDELL" present. We have wondering for some time where our name originates. I'd love to know if there are any other HADDELL's still around. So far I've only found one mention in Michigan outside my immediate family.
John Haddell <John.Haddell@lineone.net>
CHATHAM, Kent UK - 
Just starting to look around for my "roots". My great grandfather was John William Spence, born 1839 I believe in Birsay, Orkney Islands... Also a James Spence Sr. etc. etc. Hope to find some information here.
Garry Spence <gspence@smartt.com>
Victoria, B.C. Canada - 
checking out your ryrie list found some relations
Sharon Ryrie <ry-ap@telusplanet.net>
Canada - 
Walt. Your web page was an interesting find. I notice a reference in the 1841 Census to a Margaret (Cursiter) Wards b. 1806. My g.g.grandmother (Mary Rose Ward b. c 1840 in South Leith, Scotland) was the daughter of James Ward(s) who was b. c 1793 on Sanday. He was one of 5 issue (Elizabeth 1784; James 1793; female 1793; John 1802; and Robert 1804)from the marriage of David Ward(s) Seaman and Margaret Rosie. I don't have the family tree in front of me but will do some checking when I have. The possible connection is interesting and I intend to follow it up. My cousin and our better halves are visiting Sanday from Oz in the second week of September next, and intend to spend a couple of days seeing if we can further our search. Regards Don:)
Donald Brown <browndon@opera.iinet.net.au>
Perth, Western Australia Australia - 
Really great pages and information. This is an immense help to me as my husband is a Ballenden descedant from Orkney. I knew of the Garsons and Inksters and the connection to the Ballendens. This helps heaps.
Mandy Ballenden <mb@hunterlink.net.au>
Newcastle, NSW AUSTRALIA - 
Looking for Fea, Toy, Stitzel histories
Patricia J Fea/Stitzel <1929@aol.com>
Fairfield, Oh USA - 
Looking for Ryrie people! Originally from Swiney, Lybster, Caithness . Father from Ulbster, Caithness.
sandy ryrie <sandyr@idirect.com>
Oshawa, Ont Canada - 
To quickly add to my (extended) earlier guest book entry: John George Hewison was born 5 July 1870, Kirkwall. Son of James S. Hewison and Mary F. Hepburn. Anecdotal: The Fremantle (Western Australia) based Hewison families' "dark looks" (Dark hair and eyes, olive skin) repudetly came from the link of the survivors of the Spanish Armada. Also, John George was an inveterate fisherman; he loved nothing better than to be near the ocean. Any information on his family appreciated.
Bernard O'Hara <catygail@iinet.net.au>
Perth, WA Australia - 
I am Grandson of John George Hewison, who left the Orkneys (Kirkwall) as a cabin boy on a clipper to Australia, in the 1880s. John George died in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1954. After leaving the Orkneys as a teenager it is believed he never saw his family again. The story goes that in his later life he finally wrote a letter back home to his mother, but she had died just a short time before the letter arrived. John George led a very adventurous life up until his late thirties. During this time he worked very hard on the goldfields of Australia. He was a builder of hessian huts, a drover, a camel driver, farmer, horse trainer, tavern owner, and station manager on the Nullarbor Plain. Around 1910 he moved to Fremantle, Western Australia, and worked as a storeman for Lionel Samson and Co. John George was a quiet, kind and gentle man, but he was an exceptionally capable man. He left a strong, positive impression on those who knew him.
Bernard O'Hara <catygail@iinet.net.au>
Perth, WW Australia - 
Wonderful site, have enjoyed reading through the pages. Will return again at a later stage to see if I can trace any more Velzians.
Guy Velzian <g.c.velzian@Xtra.co.nz>
NZ - 
Wonderful site, have enjoyed reading through the pages. Will return again at a later stage to see if I can trace any more Velzians.
Guy Velzian <g.c.velzian@Xtra.co.nz>
USA - 
Hercus? From what my brother the geneology person in the family we are from Westray, mostly Rendalls and Harcus. Robert Harcus was my Great Grandfather and he and his wife Jemima Bain settled in Racine Wisconsin.
Andrew Deerness Harcus <bpilgrim@earthling.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - 
Thank for this wonderful source of information. I did not know where to begin, but thru your database I have found my great-grandfather William George Sinclair Baikie, b. 1868 in Orphir, Orkney. I hope to be able to trace the family back further. Thank you for sharing this resource.
Linda Baikie Gee <rdgee@msn.com>
Fremont, CA USA - 
I'am so glad that I found you info, it is just fantastic!
Russell James Lee <thelees@3-cities.com>
Kennewick, WA USA - 
Sorry, forgot to leave my e-mail on last message.
Ian Drever <Drever@msn.com>
Belwood, On Canada - 
I am searching for information on the father of one John Reid Drever, born on January 21, 1924, mother Williamina Drever, likely born on Westray. do you know where I might be able to find such information. You have a great web site!
Ian Arnold Drever
USA - 
I am so thrilled to find my mother's maiden name here! A relative researched our Fea history in 1975 and now I have found another link to the information provided back then. What a great find...
Karen Watkins <oceanview@hotmail.com>
Berkeley, CA USA - 
Glad for this site. Researching Thomas Brown Fea b. 1815 Falkirk, Stirlingshire, SCT son of John Fea b.1767 Orkney SCT. Thomas married Ann Liddle 25 Jul. 1837 in Falkirk. Looking for anyone else researching this line especially in Scotland.
Lori Fea Gilmore <GLION@prodigy.com>
USA - 
I am doing some geneology research, and found the following entry at your site: Adam Wares Rettie ISBESTER (M). C: 16 Jan 1845, B: 14 Aug 1981 OGDEN Ba: C110164 Father: John ISBESTER Evie And Rendall, Orkney, Scotland E: 2 Dec 1981 OGDEN So: 919499 Mother: Mary VALLION SP: 9 Dec1981 OGDEN Pr: 6901943 My maiden name is Vallion, and I am loking for information on the origin or existence of Mary Vallion.
Michelle Vallion Stamnes <michelle.stamnes@intel.com>
Portland, OR USA - 
I'am very interested in finding all possable ancestors and any lands and/or castles remaining in Scotland.
Robert L. Elphinstone <bobstere1@aol.com>
Black Canyon, Az USA - 
Hi! having a look at the census' for Slatters. Thanks again for this site. I downloaded the 1841 & 1881 census last time but have been unsuccessful in opening it - must have done something wrong. Is there something I should have done when downloading?
Joan Smith <jatraka@alphalink.com.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - 
Sorry Walt.(and whoever reads this). My previous entry had at least two mistakes in it ! - - the most important one being my e-mail address. I put a comma in front of "ca" instead of a period. So, - for anyone who wants to contact me, this entry gives my correct e-mail address, and I still live in Canada !
Jack Simison <jsimison@magma.ca>
Nepean, On Canada - 
What about Laughtons? I have a bunch of Laughton ancestors from Shapinsay. Great site!
James Laughton Swanney <none>
Royal Oak, MI USA - 
Family: Bremner, Rosie, Nicolson
Deborah Sheridan <DSheridan@harlow-college.ac.uk>
UK - 
can anyting else be said but FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
angela <angela@bearcave.wow.aust.com>
USA - 
Walt - great work and thanks for making so much of your research available online without charge. I think you gave me some help several years ago. I'm researching BEGG from Eday & Pharay. Joanne
Joanne L. Bluhm <jl3bluhm@aol.com>
USA - 
Intersted in finding out more about my family, So I thought I would check this out.
George Allan Angus Crookshank <gcrookshank@cossette.com>
Vancouver , Canada - 
Many thanks for all your hard work!
Hugh Mackenzie <hugh@prcn.org>
Powell river, BC Canada - 
I am Canadian, but my father was born in Shapinsay. My g-g-g-grandfather was John Symeson of Herston, born circa 1722. I am Ronnie Simison's 4th cousin.There are some 60 Simisons in Canada, all related to me. There are no other Simisons in Canada that I know of, and I am the oldest of them.. This is a great www site ! Thank you.
Omand Jack Simison <jsimison@magma,ca>
USA - 
Wanted to visit another Orcadian website. Our family lived outside Kirbister.
Paul Groundwater
USA - 
looking for any information on james skethaway moodie,born sanday jan 12 1893.moved to nz about 1913.
colin moodie <milhous@clear.net.nz>
dunedin, nz - 
Spence Family - Looking for family of James born Oct. 19, 1827, married to Christina Gibson,imigrated to Ontario Canada and then to Chicago Illinois, died Nov. 17, 1904.
James Calder Spence <calder@capecod.net>
W. Chatham, MA USA - 
New visitor
James Calder Spence <calder@capecod.net>
W. Chatham, MA USA - 
STORIE family from Renfrewshire. Sailed to Canada between 1825 through 1840. Settled in Renfrew, Ont, Canada. Still have many kin along the border provinces. Would love to hear from family, or anyone w/info about fam in UK, Can, or USA. storfam@ria.net
Doug Storie <storfam@ria.net>
CO USA - 
Looking for background on William Sinclair, born about 1766 on the island of Pomona near Stomness, Orkney Is. Went to Canada with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1782 and married Margaret (Nahovway) Norton. William died 4-20-1818 at York Factory, Manitoba. Anything further about his parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
John Hirst <j_hirst@wmc.edu>
Dillon, MT USA - 
My mother's maiden name was Swanney - Great Grandmother from North Ronaldsay (Antebrek).
Sandra Lorimer <slorimer@sit.co.uk>
Edinburgh, Scotland - 
looking for info on the surname BURGESS
Ron Burgess <uniburg@aol.com>
Medford, OR USA - 
I am a bit perplexed after looking at the IGI entries for my family because the dates don't seem right. My grandfather Jonathan Garrioch Kelday was born in Kirkwall. He died in Arbroath in 1975 at the age of about 77, but according to the IGI he was born in 1872, so he should have been 103 when he died. Anyone any ideas?
John Kelday <jkelday@compuserve.com>
Yorkshire, UK - 
I am looking for information on the Mitchells who hailed from the Orkney Islands.
Anthony Mitchell <fred_mitchell@southcorp.com.au>
Adelaide, SA Australia - 
Hi Walt, I was just surfing around and found you here, just thought I'd say "hi" lin
lin bourelle <bourelle@telusplanet.net>
magrath, ab. canada - 
I am searching for info concerning my great grandfather Matthew Franklin Thomson born October 11, 1845 in Thomson, Clark County, Kentucky His father's name of Sandford Thomson and his mother was Susanna Smith.. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have info.
Gay R. Pearson <rspearson@worldnet.att.net>
Katy, TX USA - 
There are lots of Frazier/Frazer/Fraser families out there, just hope I can find mine is attached. Do you know any of your family who came to US through Canada or NY? The site is great!
William C. Frazier <jffrazier@portup.com>
USA - 
Hi There Just joined the Net and looked up Turfus,my grandfather was James Turfus from Orkney, I think his Grandfather was William Turfus from Sanday.His Father may have been William also,who married Margaret Spence. He was from a large family. He had a twin sister called Emma Lizzy who died very young. Other members of his family also came out to NZ Peter,Molly,Nelly?. I will find out some more information (dates etc) and visit your site again soon. My grand father died in 1974,so my sources of information are very limited. Great to find out there so many Turfus's about. Cheers Lisa
Lisa Washer <Nigel.Washer@xtra.co.nz>
Auckland, New Zealand - 
I'm in the process of forming an email discussion list entitled "Orcadia". Orcadia is an email discussion list for the discussion of all things Orcadian but is not devoted to genealogy, it is hoped that the focus will be on the discussion of the history and culture of Orkney To subscribe send a message to: majordomo@rendall.net In the body of the message enter *only*: subscribe orcadia youremail@address
Anne Rendall <anne@rendall.net>
Lawrenceville, NJ USA - 
Just got here. I have a gggrandfather born in the Orkney I.
Bob Eckerman <eckbob@juno.com>
Destin, FL USA - 
I am looking for my grandfather, Hugh Muir, who was born in Ontario Canada, around 1870. His father was Scotch and his mother was Irish. He had four children with my grandmother, Mary Olson, in Wisconsin, Irene Muir 3/1898, Harold Mervin Muir (my father) 2/17/1901, Dorothy Muir 1903 and Myrtle 1905. He abandoned the family in 1906 and all I know is he was from Canada and he died in Canada around 1950.
JoAnn Mary Muir <muir@oregontrail.net>
Pendleton, OR USA - 
I must say this is one of they best sites :- my interest's are in the Frisken family of the Orkney's Scotland & New Zealand of my Mothers Family.
Bevan A Bennett <BEVANATBIGPOND@bigpond.com.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - 
Hello, I am very interested in searching into my family tree further, but do not have much spare time. Excellent site. PS I am a Firth from Birsay and my husband is a Thomson from Kirkwall.
Sharon Thomson <sthomson@cag.ca>
Georgetown, ON Canada - 
Thankyou again for this interesting site and your hard work. I notice several queries for Skea, and Kirkness. Our ancestors were Margaret Skea who married Peter Lennie, and Annie Kirkness who married Samuel Peter Omond circa 1825. Their daughter Annie Omond m. Andrew Lennie (Linay) and migrated to Australia (Adelaide/Melbourne) with Annie's brothers. I don't seem to get through on email when the given addresses are highlighted so our postal address is PO Box 254, Rosanna, 3084,, Melbourne, Vic. Australia if anyone wishes to write or 'phone/fax on 3)9457.2230.
Rob Lennie <rwlennie@pa.ausom.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - 
Thank you! The most info I've found on the surname Stokan/Stockand. I was beginning to think my Grandmother had invented her own maiden name.
Nancy J. Holladay <nhollada@micron.net>
Nampa, ID USA - 
Still looking for my Orkney forbears. That is decendants from William Manson, manager of New Holland Farm, Holm. Also Magnus Murray, last tenant of Tafts, Quandale, Rousay and Thomas Polloxfen Saunders, Blacksmith, Kirkwall and Stromness.
Ian Farquhar <IFarquhar@aol.com>
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - 
Still looking for my Orkney forbears. That is decendants from William Manson, manager of New Holland Farm, Holm. Also Magnus Murray, last tenant of Tafts, Quandale, Rousay and Thomas Polloxfen Saunders, Blacksmith, Kirkwall and Stromness.
Ian Farquhar <IFarquhar@aol.com>
USA - 
I'm just starting a family tree. Looking for KIRKNESS, Deerness, Orkney. This is an excellent site to start from. Thanks
Heather <crafty@mb.sympatico.ca>
Brandon, MB Canada - 
Doing some research. Very interesting site!
Roy Flett <rflett@ottawa.com>
Ottawa, ON Canada - 
Interested in finding info about my wife's ancestors the FRISKENS who came from Shapansay
John Moxness <jmoxness@wkpowerlink.com>
Kelowna, BC Canada - 
aye they do
alfred mac carrick
galt, ca. USA - 
Janet Stevenson of Sydney Australia would like to hear from anybody who has information on Irvines of Shapinsay Orkney, in particular Thomas Irvine born 1821, came to Aus. 1851.
Janet Stevenson <malc@mpx.com.au>
Sydney, nsw Australia - 
Hi I'm searching for my Morgan ancestors who were from Wigonshire. They migrated to Pa. in the spring of 1855
Nancy McHale <NLMCH1@webtv.net>
Demarest, NJ USA - 
I am looking for information on my family. James/Jim Wilson born abt 1832 Orkney Island. Son`s name ,Issac Marion Wilson , born abt 1863. Orkney or North Carolina, not sure which? Can anyone help? Nice web page!
Mrs Nees <Danishpb@aol.com.>
Port Orchard, Wa USA - 
Looking for Baikies, Grays, Malcolm, Mc guirre from scotlland that may be related to my husband
Beverly Hall <bevh@lemoorecomputers.com>
Lemoore, CaLooking USA - 
Good site
ROSS MCCLAIN <ramacsr@webtv.net>
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK USA - Wednesday, May 13, 1998 at 12:27:50 (EDT)
Wonderful. Walt you have done an excellent job! Greetings from Scotland.
Duncan John Drever Cursiter
USA - Sunday, May 10, 1998 at 14:28:02 (EDT)
Glad to find Groundwater in your list of Orcadian surnames!
William D. Groundwater <orcadianaz@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Sunday, May 10, 1998 at 02:56:49 (EDT)
Enjoyed scanning your page. Am looking for my Scottish roots. Need all the help anyone can provide. The spelling of our name was changed by my father from BAIN to Bayne so I am looking for my Bain relatives. Thanks
J Bayne <walking.h.farm@erols.com>
Culpeper, VA USA - Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 16:09:31 (EDT)
Enjoyed scanning your page. Am looking for my Scottish roots. Need all the help anyone can provide. Thanks
J Bayne <walking.h.farm@erols.com>
Culpeper, VA USA - Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 16:03:01 (EDT)
Interested in my Orkney ancestors. Mansons from Kirkwall and Holland Farm, Holm. Also decended from Thomas Polloxfen Saunders, Blacksmith of Kirkwall and, later Stromness. Further back I decend from Magnus Murray who was the last tenant of Tafts, Quandale, Rousay before he was evicted in the Clearances
Ian Farquhar <IFarquhar@aol.scott>
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 14:55:51 (EDT)
My mothers name was Groat and her mothers name was Rendall- the same Rendalls as Robert Rendall the poet and not the same rendalls as my father who was totally of the westray rendalls
Charles VanWyck Rendall <rendall@westray0.demon.co.uk>
Kirkwall, U.K. USA - Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 12:50:16 (EDT)
If anyone who is currently living in Sanday, Orkney Islands or in closely surrounding areas, who are descendants of the William Peace and Janet Omond's family or if you have a way we may contact someone who is a descendant please write me and let me know. Thank you very much if are responding to this mail.
Miriam Peace <john.peace@mci2000.com>
Boones Mill, Va USA - Friday, May 08, 1998 at 22:17:15 (EDT)
Please keep informed on your web pages. You have done a great job and I have found some of my relations. Thanks Jean
Jean Conner <gconner>
Kelowna, BC Canada - Friday, May 01, 1998 at 11:57:10 (EDT)
Matches??? someone from Orkney must have some info on the name. Please contact me, Please.
David Matches <dmatches@cleveland.ac.uk>
England - Thursday, April 30, 1998 at 05:19:15 (EDT)
Looking for information on Robert Cobban who married Mary Anderson in Aberdeen Scotland in 1820. They later immigrated to North America, possibly during the clearings. I'm particularly looking for his predecessors. He's about as far back as I've been able to get. Clue: Mary was suppossed to have been a "blue blood" who married beneath herself, (or her family any way.)
Ivy Lynn Cobban Behrns <behrns@presys.come>
Florence, OR USA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 19:36:56 (EDT)
Looking for ancestors of John Shearer who came to Australia approx 1840. Parents were Isobel Cooper and Peter Sherar.
Laurice Malone <lauricem@ozemail.com.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 20:33:39 (EDT)
I am searching my family tree and have traced it back to the Orkney Islands with John KIRKNESS born abt 1804 and married Ann FLETT born abt 1808, both of Harray. The tree in Australia that I have tracked to date carries about 350 people and about 100 families. I am keen to go further back and also follow the tree branches into Canada, USA, South Africa and New Zealand which know exist but seek the connection. If anyone can help I will be pleased to hear from you. All the best from Australia !!
Tim Kirkness <tkirkness@sia.net.au>
Sydney, NNSW Australia - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 06:58:08 (EDT)
Wonderful. Just wonderful. My dad is from Orkney and I know that I still have family there. My mum used to correspond with them up until her death last year. I have not got very far in the family tree yet, only to my g-grandfather who was William Croy married to Margaret Dennison. There son Robert was my father, William Dennison Croy's father. I know that the family left on Orkney are Coopers. Anybody doing Croy research, please let me know. Txs Moira
Moira Croy <Moira.F.Croy@Intel.com>
Mt. View, ca USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 22:43:50 (EDT)
Wonderful. Just wonderful. My dad is from Orkney and I know that I still have family there. My mum used to correspond with them up until her death last year. I have not got very far in the family tree yet, only to my g-grandfather who was William Croy married to Margaret Dennison. There son Robert was my father, William Dennison Croy's father. I know that the family left on Orkney are Coopers. Anybody doing Croy research, please let me know. Txs Moira
Moira Croy <Moira.F.Croy@Intel.com>
Mt. View, ca USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 22:42:42 (EDT)
Super genealogy links at yur web site. My son, Donald Harrold, created/maintains our HARROLD, Rees, Turner, Hilliard, KELLEY, McFarland, Smart, & Brayton familyies web site at http://www.harrold.org We are not back to Scotland yet and your pages are helping to bring our Harrold line home.
Robert Franklin Harrold II <rharrold@harrold.org>
El Centro, CA USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 10:20:49 (EDT)
Looking for Thomas Ogilvy Sandison born 1849 in North Roe, Shetland. Lived in Lerwick, Shetland. He was a stone mason. Married Charlotte E. Manson born Isle Fould, Shetland 1857. They had 10 children. Thomas Ogilvy Jr. Charles, James Bill, infant son, Margaret, Grace, Geogina, Isabella, Jeannie. James and Thomas came to this country. Can't find any of these people on your list. Home address was Hillside Cottage Upper Sound Lerwick Any information would be appreciated. Thank You!
William Gillies Manson Sandison <BSandy555@aol.com>
Sioux City , Iowa USA - Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 17:27:17 (EDT)
I AM RESEARCHING MY SCOTTISH ROOTS AND FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT. I HAVE READ THE QUEST BOOK AND WILL BE RETURNING TO SEND E-MAIL.
dale linklater <drlink@rocketmail>
okanogan, wa USA - Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at 17:48:43 (EDT)
Tracing the HARROLD, Rees, Hilliard, Turner, KELLEY, McFarland, Smart, Brayton Families. Please Visit our Harrold Family Tree Web Site at http://www.harrold.org we are close but need help for links to Scotland/England.
Robert Harrold <rharrold@harrold.org>
El Centro, CA USA - Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at 01:19:38 (EDT)
Thankyou sooooo much. Have been tracing family names Sinclair, Mainland and Allan for a number of years without any luck what-so-ever. Found this page by accident, and within minutes found a number of things I've been going crazy looking for. I can't tell you how excited and thankful I am. Thank you again.
Debbie Birt <macbirt@prodigy.net>
Rockland, Ma USA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 22:05:36 (EDT)
Need Information on Eugene Adolphus Wards,wife Sarah Murilla Buck Wards
Thomas J Reed <Tomjean@Swbell.Net>
USA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 20:48:40 (EDT)
I am only new to this but have gained wonderful information. I will submit details in near future on my own family. The Dearness' of Sanday who emigrated to Townsville Australia in 1888.
Glen Hall <GlenD.Hall@dnr.qld.gov.au>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 02:42:06 (EDT)
Have traced the Miller family from Ophir back to 1710. Brothers William and James (my grandfather) came to Canada in 1848 or so with the Hudson Bay Co. I am interested in the family still in Orkney. Where can I find info on this?
gordon miller <gordon.miller4@simpatico.ca>
oakville, ont canada - Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 21:00:14 (EDT)
I am new at this but very interested in the Harney family tree
Allen Taylor Harney <ath7721@aol.com>
Cape Coral, Fl USA - Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 20:31:36 (EDT)
Looking for any information on Robert Sinclair who married Mary Allan from Swona on June 16, 1859. Both were 26 at the time of marriage which makes their date of birth 1833. It appears that Robert's parents may have been James and Barbara Groat Sinclair.
Jean Woodarek <TJWood@frontiernet.net>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 11:29:45 (EDT)
I am looking for the history of the Moar family. If you have any information, please contact me. Thank you.
Ian Thomas Moar <imoar@fmshrc.gov>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, April 17, 1998 at 18:25:33 (EDT)
Super source of lots of information on Orkney (where I come from) Surnames. You've done a lot of work. Are the Custers (including the Colnel at the Little Big Horn) descended from the Cursiters from Orkney.
Stewart C. Gaudie <sgaudie@aol>
SWINDON,Wilts., Uk - Friday, April 17, 1998 at 11:59:58 (EDT)
I am descended from Andrew Lennie (Linay) of Kirkwall and Annie Omond who emigrated to Australia - Adelaide and then to Melbourne. I have searched family history to some extent through SKEA, OMOND, and LINAY Lennie names, and would like to hear from any other descendant from these family lines.
Robert W. Lennie <rwlennie@pa.ausom.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 22:24:21 (EDT)
great web site. i have been here often since i started searching my family tree. robert
robert sinclair <rsinclair@dekalb.net>
tn USA - Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 19:05:11 (EDT)
Just a beginner finding my way through the maze of information. Interested in the Skea family, both in Orkney and Glasgow
CHARLES LYON <Charles.Lyon@btinternet.com>
Liverpool, UK - Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 16:51:38 (EDT)
I am interested in finding any relatives. I am adopted and my last name Sanday comes from Brittain or Germany. This name also is related as relative adopted me and then Tiller is also my real maiden name they are mostly from Armada, Michigan. If you find any one have them write me.
Suzanne (Sanday-Tiller) Camarillo <scamarillo@sagate1.kelly.af.mil>
la coste, tx USA - Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 15:04:50 (EDT)
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J. Chris Garrick <garrioch@iname.com>
Payette, ID USA - Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 14:35:37 (EDT)
A great site for helping research my wife's family tree: the Cromarty's from Sth. Ronaldsay, Deerness & Holm & Paplay.
Bill Chambers <chambers@fastlink.com.au>
Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia - Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 02:39:56 (EDT)
To Lorna Joy nee Bain, Saw your message but when attempting to send you E-Mail it doesn't work. Something wrong somewhere. My E-Mail in Canada is on my msg. Hope to hear from you. Regards sandy ryrie
Sandy Ryrie <sandyr@idirect.com>
Oshawa, Ont Canada - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 18:47:26 (EDT)
Researching Ryries and Bains in Caithness
Lorna Joy nee BAIN <cljoy@demon.co.uk>
Buckingham, UK - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 13:52:18 (EDT)
I am looking for relatives of a Page family in Angier, North Carolina. I am the granddaughter of Fletcher Arthur Page. I know that he was one of 17 children. He had a brother named Delmar Page. Fletcher died in 1959. He relocated in Maryland before the turn of the century, had 4 Children with Rachel Harmon and then moved back to Angier aound 1922. Any information on surviving family members and family history would be greatly appreciated. please contact me at aahenry@hotmail.com Thank you. Annette Henry(Page)
Annette Henry (maiden-PAGE) <aahenry@hotmail>
McGuire Afb, NJ USA - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 01:30:52 (EDT)
I am looking for information on the KERR's of Cessford and the KERR's of Ferniehirst. Anything about the BORDER families? or "Warden of Middle March?" Also where may I find "The Steel Bonnets" that everyone recommends? As I understand it, Sir William Kerr (1542-?) changed his name to CARR, which was the maiden name of his wife Mary Ann Clifford Carr. I am new to the net and geneology, please bear with me. Most of the information I have was researched by relatives.
Lisa Rains <lirains@hotmail.com>
Trona, CA USA - Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 05:11:38 (EDT)
Very interesting site. I am trying to track down my Strong ancestors who left Shetland about a century ago. Originally the name was (I think) Strang. They may (or may not) have been related to the Strang's of Orkney.
Stuart Baillie Strong <baillie.strong@skynet.be>
Huldeneberg, Belgium - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 13:24:30 (EDT)
Just brousing for Isbisters
Peter Isbister <xna31@dial.pipex.com>
Stroud, GLOS. UK - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 05:17:45 (EDT)
Have spent many years searching telephone directories all over the world for other Velzian's without success. Found 2 on this great site in 2 minutes. Any chance of adding the name to your Orkney lis? John Velzian
John Velzian <johnrdc@net2000ke.com>
Kenya , Kenya - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 04:03:54 (EDT)
Looking for connection to Robert Crawford, born 1806, PA in USA
Sharon
Mason City, NE USA - Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 21:05:23 (EDT)
Thanks!!
James D. Isbister <ABCs123s@erols.com>
USA - Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 19:10:38 (EDT)
Very impressive amount of work that you have done. I am a great-grandson of Thomas Johnston and Mary Anne Gorrie of Birsay, Orkney, and have only been there once ,I am sad to say.
Dennis Murray Johnston <dennisj@telusplanet.net>
Spruce Grove, Ab Canada - Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 13:39:57 (EDT)
This site is great. I would like to add some of my family history here. I am first generation American. My Father, Peter Annal, came to the States in 1907. He had 11 children. Two wives. He was a widower with 5 children when he married my Mother and they hd 6 moe. I am the youngest. Peter Annal was born in Orkney Scotland, in So. Parish. His parents were: Peter Annal / Barbara (Brown ) Annal. His G. Parents were: Peter Annal /Ann (Tomison ) Annal His G.Grandparents were: Robert Annal / Barbara ( Wishart ) Annal. His G.G.Grandparents were: Androy Wishart / Isabella ( Dundass ) Wishart. This is about as far as I go back.
Ruth (Annal) Prentice <Jophera@aol.com>
Boston, Ma USA - Friday, April 03, 1998 at 22:31:47 (EST)
Would like to exchange information with any one working on the KAID Family. I am looking for S. J. KAID and his wife Marintha FRYMIRE, married 30 April 1841 in Perry Co., Indiana. Also information on their children, especially Eliza Jane KAID who married Benjamin Keath WADE. Thanks!
Marietta Lewis Cowan <melc2146@aol.com>
Beggs, OK USA - Thursday, April 02, 1998 at 23:09:29 (EST)
thanks to Linda Merle I found your wonderful place
ALICE BRADSHAW <a-mae-zncajun@webtv.net>
HILLISTER, TX USA - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 20:03:00 (EST)
I'm very grateful for the help your page has given. I'm looking for any details of my grandfather, George Bremner Reid born ~1900 and brought up on Papa Westray by a doctor at Kirkwall. Thats all the info I have!
Jeff Reid <Reidj@xtra.co.nz>
Havelock North, NZ - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 04:43:24 (EST)
I'm very grateful for the help your page has given.
Jeff Reid <Reidj@xtra.co.nz>
Havelock North, NZ - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 04:39:01 (EST)
Decentdent of the gullion family.ggggrandfather was george trying to gather more infor
Holly Rupert <gtcobra@yknet.yk.ca>
Whitehorse, yt Canada - Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at 16:17:25 (EST)
Am looking for further information on my daughter's paternal line. Paal Thorfinnsson, Earl of Orkney d.1099 and son Haakon Paalson d.1122 are in her line. Has anyone heard of or have information on a theory that Paal Thorfinnsson was also known as MacBeth (of Shakepeare fame) in Scotland? I'd like reading material,if possible, on the subject. Thanks!
Becci Himes <songbrd149@aol.com>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 21:51:52 (EST)
Of course I enjoyed your Marwick list. My father, David Marwick, was born on Rousay and I was born in Fraserburgh. My uncle David has published an extensive geneology of the Marwicks, and a couple of volumes of reminiscences. Please let me know if you would like references to this work.
Alan D. Marwick <marwick@watson.ibm.com>
Sleepy Hollow, NY USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 11:41:18 (EST)
I just want to thank you for helping for finding some of the Inkster's names for me. shirley leach
shirley leach <jesse@prcn.org>
powell river, bc canada - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 00:26:15 (EST)
Looking for good Lybster people. Regards sandyr
Sandy Ryrie <sandyr@idirect.com>
Oshawa, Ont Canada - Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 19:59:49 (EST)
will share information on the sabiston lineage
guy e. sabiston <saboo@sprintmail.com>
edgerton, ks USA - Thursday, March 26, 1998 at 19:34:48 (EST)
INTERESTED IN TRACING THE TURFUS FAMILY HISTORY.
TOM TURFUS <TURRFAM@SYMPATICO.CA>
BRAMPTON, ONT CANADA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 22:03:30 (EST)
I LOVE GYMNASTICS. ANYBODY THAT HAS PICTURES OF INFO ABOUT ANY GYMNAST, PLEASE EMAIL ME, THANX EVERYONE
Jenny <gymnast23>
Antigo, WI USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 21:45:10 (EST)
As you can see I am a Ryrie and I am having trouble tracing any further than my gggrandfather his name is Alexander Ryrie born about 1840 his wife is Catherine Manson
Sharon Ryrie <ry-ap@telusplanet.net>
Canada - Sunday, March 22, 1998 at 20:05:01 (EST)
Cool
Michele Schlittler
Cotati, CA USA - Sunday, March 22, 1998 at 19:37:20 (EST)
Have done extensive research on Halcro name(grandfather was Peter Halcro from Orphir,Orkneys. Looking for his bro.'s Thomas, Wm. who went west to Alberta and Montana, Also a sister Jesse. Thomas was married to a Marg. Groundwater. Willing to share info. with others. Hope I can find my way back to this site. Thanks for the space.
John Weible <weible@torchlake.com>
Mancelona, Mi USA - Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 20:02:08 (EST)
I am interestedin contacting a Mr,And Mrs Jim and Nan Taylor.I visited their farm about 10 years ago as a student in Edinburgh . Cheers Craig Mcdonald
craig mcdonald <maca@topend.com.au>
darwin, nt australia - Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 09:27:22 (EST)
I am looking for the relatives of Robert Reed Rendall, my grandfather. His parents were Rubina Reed and William Rendall. Rubina and William left Orkney, moved to WPG and then homesteaded in Willowbrook, Saskatchewan. They had five children, Jack, Elisabeth,and Robert settled in Winnipeg. Geaorge went to Seattle and Thomas went to Vancouver.
Jean Hogan <JHogan@SaskEnergy.sk.ca>
Regina, Sask Canada - Monday, March 16, 1998 at 15:55:45 (EST)
Looking for info. on George Allan from Stroma, Married to Isabella Florence Heddle.
I.Moreland <morelanb@cadvision.com>
Calgary, AB Canada - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 01:30:45 (EST)
Looking for info. on George Allan from Stroma, Married to Isabella Florence Heddle.
I.Moreland <morelanb@cadvision.com>
Calgary, AB Canada - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 01:30:44 (EST)
My grandmother was Isobella Gunn, daughter of David Gunn from Swona. I visited the islands with my husband in June 1997 and plan to return in the fall of 98. There is no place on earth like Orkney!
Diana Hegemeyer <JHegemeyer@sprintmail.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 21:01:58 (EST)
I'm a descendant of a Clouston and I feel a bit special knowing we have a special interest group all to ourselves!!!
Elly Hill <yama@winshop.com.au>
Currumbin Waters, Qld Australia - Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 01:18:59 (EST)
37 Jacob Cres Lavington 2641 N.S.W. Australia
Bill Cromarty
Albury, N USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 23:56:57 (EST)
My wife and I were thrilled when we came across your page. I am the seventh generation decending from Thomas Stout (b 1756 Fair Isle). My Paternal Grandfather was James Rendall Sinclair Foulis Stout (b 15 Oct 1885, Westray) who emigrated to Canada in 1913. Having downloaded the Stout and Rendall files we will undoubtedly be contacting you again.
Colin Stout <cstout@istar.ca>
Ottawa, ON CANADA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 18:02:58 (EST)
Just wondering if you could add the name "Shearer" to the valuable database you are creating.
Garnet Shearer <gshearer@techplus.com>
Brandon, MB Canada - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 21:57:46 (EST)
Great work, will take me some time to search out the Baikie information contained within your pages but hopefully will lead to extending my small knowledge of our Family history. Many thanks for the effort you have put into these pages, the best information I have yet found. Regards. Steve Baikie.
Steven Baikie <ses@networx.net.au>
Perth, Wwa Australia - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 07:56:01 (EST)
just trying to learn how to find my ancesters and not having too much luck. will keep trying.
j. d. smith <sixgun@cpros.com>
grants pass, or. USA - Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 15:52:22 (EST)
Just Looking For Family.. Linkletters--Bjorklands--And Dickmanns
Mike & Valerie Linkletter <link797@fallsnet.com>
Little Falls, MN USA - Monday, March 02, 1998 at 17:13:57 (EST)
I am a descentant of George Linkletter (born in Aug 3, 1737 in Birsay, Orkney). He and his brothers James (b. 1734) and John (b. either 1710 or 1730) and perhaps his parents John Linkletter (he also spelled it Linklater) and Isobell Flett sailed to Conneticut from Scotland. George moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada as Loyalists. I am looking for anyone with information on his brothers John and James who I am guessing stayed in the New York, New Jersey, Conneticut area after the war. James is known to have married Catherin Hardenbrooke (dutch) in New York. Any help in linking my family trees would be helpful. It is a common opinion that most if not all Linkletters (who spelled their name Linkletter not Linklater) in North America are descendants of John & Isobel mentioned above. If you know that you were not I would be interested in hearing from you.
Mark Linkletter <mark.linkletter@bigfoot.com>
Summerside, PE Canada - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 16:57:47 (EST)
I'm working on my wife's family tree. She's a Linkletter from PEI. Her brother told me about your site so here I am. I downloaded the linklater.exe file. It should help me in tracing those ancestors prior to immigration to USA. Thank you.
Marc Imbeau <mimbeau@auracom.com>
Summerside, PE Canada - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 08:20:30 (EST)
I am just looking around in the web to see where to begin with my family genealogy research. I know some information about my great-grandparents (Hay) from Kilsyth Scotland and I'm just trying to see if there are any connections in your web page that might help me.
Patti Rich <bprich@swbell.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 04:29:51 (EST)
I've already found my brother who signed this book a week ago (he beat me to it!). Are there any other Velzias out there? We have conflicting stories on where our Orkney surname originated. Some claim it is of Spanish origin following the landong on Orkney part of the fleet of the Spanish Armada after being blown off course (hmmm) Others say that it is of Viking origin. Who knows? Interesting site nonetheless.
Rob Velzian <robert_velzian@3com.com>
Crowthorne, UK - Friday, February 27, 1998 at 16:25:11 (EST)
I am a descendant of James Muir, who was born in Sanday, Orkney Islands on 16, Dec. 1766. We have not been able to trace our Muir line beyond him. He married Ann Robinson on 28 Sept.1791 or 1792 in Whitby, Yorks., England. He became a sea captain, as did his son(s) and grandson(s), so possibley his father was one, too. If anyone has information about who his parents were, please contact me, thank you very much.
Melinda Uipi <dundee@bslnet.com>
AZ USA - Friday, February 27, 1998 at 02:29:41 (EST)
I am married to William Sinclair Hourston (my maiden name is Hamilton). We have two children, Genevieve Louise Hourston and Ian Edward Hamilton Hourston. As far as I know we are the only Hourstons who live in Ottawa. My father-in-law was one of 4 boys, Roderick, Archibald, Alfred and Robert. My husband has three sisters, Linda, Kathy and Beverley. This was an interesting site to visit. I would like to find out more about the Hourstons, do you know if there is any literature written on the family?
Heather Lynne Hourston <hhourston@mailcity.com>
Ottawa, ON Canada - Thursday, February 26, 1998 at 00:34:36 (EST)
If anyone is interested in emailing me. My mother has just given me a very comprehensive family tree. It shows my relatives as far back as King James V, and his son Robert Stewart Earl of Orkney. It also shows the following family members - Jacobina Watt and James Cursiter (My Great Grandmother/father) Margaret Scott and John Cursiter(My Great Great Grandmother/father) Ann Garrioch and John Scott (My Great Great Great Grandmother/father) And so on including some members of the Spence, Craigie, Halcro and Stewart families. It shows Lady Barbara Stewart marrying Harry Halcro. It also shows King James V and Euphemia Elphingstone. If anyone wants to exchange info about my family tree and connections it may have with theirs I would welcome you with open arms. My email address if not already displayed is dreeves@steadycom.com.au Hear from you soon.
Damion Reeves <dreeves@steadycom.com.au>
Adelaide, SA AUSTRALIA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 21:36:39 (EST)
I'm searching for information on my mother's family that came to Canada from the Orkney Islands. My great-great-great grandfather Edward Mowat (1786-1862) apparently came from Orphir, but I can't find any online records for that year and town. If you know of anyone who could help please give them my e-mail address. Regards, Tammy Rempel
Tammy Rempel <tammy.rempel@shaw.wave.ca>
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Saturday, February 21, 1998 at 00:57:21 (EST)
Just seen this site. I'll have a surf and get back to you later
Alastair Velzian <alastair_velzian@msn.com>
London, UK - Friday, February 20, 1998 at 16:14:37 (EST)
AMAZING WEB SITE, MY FATHER WAS JOHN W.RITCHIE, BORN IN KIRKWALL AND MY AUNT BESSIE STILL LIVES THERE. I WAS HOME LAST YEAR, FIRST TIME IN 23YRS. GREAT TO SEE IT AGAIN. SAY HI TO MISS. BESSIE RITCHIE OF 16 ST. ROGNAVLD ST.
MOIRA RITCHIE
TORONTO, CANADA USA - Friday, February 20, 1998 at 11:23:42 (EST)
Hi,My family roots are from the Gullion's.My grandfather was Napolean Gullion from alberta,my great grandfather was Fraklin gullion and my great great grandfather was George Gullion from eday island, who came to Canada with his Brothers to work for the hudson's bay company in 1849.any imformation on his life in Eday would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
Darryel Collins <dakotasport@polarcom.com>
Whitehorse, Canada - Friday, February 20, 1998 at 06:42:19 (EST)
Looking for progenitor of my lineage. William Wishart came to United States in 1774. Was married to Susannah Lytle. Brothers may have been Mannis and Abram. William was born in 1723.
Paul Wishard <wishardp@megasyschem.com>
Chandler, AZ USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 02:29:08 (EST)
Thanks for all the hard work! it has been a pleasure. LAMAR
Lamar Hutcheson <lamarh@bellsouth.net>
Mobile, AL USA - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 21:21:40 (EST)
Looking for any traces of the Logie's of the Orkney Islands
Ian Logan (Logie) <Ianlogan@Lexmark.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 02:24:01 (EST)
Great Site!
James A. Nethery <jneth@itis.com>
Madison, WI USA - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 18:17:46 (EST)
Looking for Yorston relatives - got lots of info here thanks Grandmother was Mary Helen Yorston from Kirkwall
Sylvia Jardine <cashfacsol.aol.com>
livingston, scotland - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 08:18:41 (EST)
L AM LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT GEORGE T INKSTER AND HIS SON COLIN INKSTER.I KNOW THAT SOMEWHERE SOME ONE KNOWS. SHIRLEY LEACH
SHIRLEY LEACH <JESSE@PRCN.ORG>
POWELL RIVER, BC CANADA - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 22:59:20 (EST)
My grandfather, William Norquay, came from the Orkney Island to New Brunswick Canada c 1930. My great grandfather's name was John. I would be delighted to hear from anybody who has ties to the Norquay family or done any research on them
Janice Allen-Scott <janiceas@gov.nb.ca>
Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 12:14:42 (EST)
Excited to find this site whilst reading the new Sanday site. Will read More later.
Melville Hope Wallace <hcairns@cois.on.ca>
Barrie, ON canada - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 13:40:31 (EST)
My father was John Stewart Berry Drever, born in Portabello about 1885. Family believed to have originated in the Orkney Islands.
John Stewart Drever <drever@mindspring.com>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at 01:18:45 (EST)
Very informative web page...I'm searching my family roots, and I think your information may help me. We may be distantly related!! If you have any suggestions or can help me, please do e-mail me. Thanks.
Cassandra Angus <A1Restoration@Prodigy.net>
OH USA - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 20:10:27 (EST)
Located your Home Page during a genealogy search for Sanday, Sinclair, Birsay, Meadows. I am researching my family tree and realised relatives on both sides of the family had roots in Orkney. I found the Sinclairs on Sanday, thank-you very much, but have been unable find Margaret Meadows, born 1840, Birsay. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Once again, Many thanks for your assistance, Best regards John
John Campbell <jocam@istar.ca>
Toronto, OONONOn Canada - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 22:00:39 (EST)
Thanks for all the Muir information. I am researching Alexander Muir/Elizabeth McKirdy.
Tom Muir <TMuir10679@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, February 05, 1998 at 23:22:01 (EST)
Very interesting data I have embarked on tracing my roots traced to Sanday John Peace born 1788 I will vist again Gordon Peace
PEACE <peace01@global co.uk>
Scotland - Wednesday, February 04, 1998 at 16:54:07 (EST)
I am a descendant of the Gullion family and am researching them. It is thought that they came from Scotland or Ireland.
Trace Gerard <tgerard@ibm.net>
Anderson, IN USA - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 19:36:38 (EST)
Looking for info on Kirkness. Jacob Kirkness was my g-g-granfather. He came from Orkney Isl and was a Hudson Bay man at York Factory
Larry Karatchuk <lkaratch@sympatico.ca>
Arborg, mb canada - Sunday, February 01, 1998 at 19:21:03 (EST)

Larry Karatchuk <lkaratch@sympatico.ca>
Arborg, MB Canada - Sunday, February 01, 1998 at 19:06:52 (EST)
Great site. I was brought up in Orkney. Found out all sorts of things I didn't know!!
Robert Garrioch <bobg@ifb.co.uk>
London, uk - Sunday, February 01, 1998 at 07:47:15 (EST)
Just wandering how many people ctually have the Orkney name. I can find nobody with the Orkney name before the lte 1500's. I've been stuck on my own ancestorss from NE England. I know they were in Scotland area but can't connect. If anybody knows or has any info I would be grateful to hear from you. Searching for Alexander Orkney's family and ancestors. Alex was b.Aug 19th, 1823 in Spittal NBL,Eng. His father was Tom b.?, Mother Preneela or possibly Priscilla. No last name. Tom Orkney - I've longed to see the Orkney's since 1968 but have never gotten to!
Tom Orkney <torkney1@ix.netcom.com>
Olympia, Wa USA - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 22:03:53 (EST)
Great site, thank you for all your hard work.
Stephen C. Rendall Sr. <srendal1@maine.rr.com>
Portland, ME USA Zip 04103 - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 16:08:26 (EST)
I am a descand of the Gullion Family. It is thought that they came from Ireland, but the only evidence of that so far is Slieve Gullion of Northern Irlend. It would be interesting to find out how the mountain got it's name.
Trace Gerard <tgerard@ibm.net>
Anderson, , IN USA - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 01:09:01 (EST)
Just getting started research via e-mail and am excited about possibilities to connect my Oman ancestry with possible links. Thanks to Patty Brown, re Caitness, who suggested I look for Omans on Orkney. Thank you! (I'm also a MacBean desc. and another Scot. not yet known.)
roxa tuttle kreimeyer <vicroxak@televar.com>
Quincy, WA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 12:45:24 (EST)
Great stuff. I am currently researching Robert and Hugh Yorston of Rousay. Would appreciate any information
Robert (Bob) Yorston <marilee@sympatico.ca>
Toronto, ont Canada - Tuesday, January 27, 1998 at 15:19:00 (EST)
An interesting site - we are planning a homecoming event for Canadians/Americans of Orcadian descent (or simply those interested in the Islands !) Any who want to get on our mailing lists - both e and snail - ae invited to get in touch Best regards to all
Max Johnson <orkney@mb.sympatico.ca>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 16:26:57 (EST)
Just trying to find a connection with the name garriock and garrick. Family history reasons. Can find exactly where great grandfather came from. Was soliciter general of Fiji 1874.
Malcolm and Barbara Garrick <woomba@powerup.com.au>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 21:31:37 (EST)
Hi Walter & Nancy The previous entry has two e-mail addresses, however they appear as one. They are either murrayh@ak.planet.gen.nz or haybij@ibm.net Hope that clears the confusion. Best regards June & Murray
June & Murray Haybittle <haybij@ibm.net>
Auckland, New Zealand - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 23:56:41 (EST)
Walter A great effort Keep up the good work June & Murray
June & Murray Haybittle <haybij@ibm.net murrayh@ak.planet.gen.nz>
Auckland , New Zealand - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 23:48:42 (EST)
Looking for Yorston history in Scotland, England, Canada
William Woolard Yorston <byorston@mit.edu>
Lexington, Ma USA - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 07:56:11 (EST)
Will read with interst asap
ERIC STOCKTON <stockton.sanday.orkney@zetmet.co.ok>
ORKNEY, UK - Monday, January 19, 1998 at 13:39:22 (EST)
Most interesting!! I will be back!
J. G. Corse. <jgcorse@aol.com>
Wilmington,, N.C. USA - Monday, January 19, 1998 at 09:43:17 (EST)
I am most interested in the Kent Family from Eday & Pharay, and all related people. My great-grandfather came to Canada from there, and settled in Perth area, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for all the work Walt, don't know what we would do without you. Saved me a lot of time at the library....
Laurie Sexton <Sexton@netcom.ca>
North York, ON Canada - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 23:07:43 (EST)
a lot of work. saw your book in the kirkwall library.
mike mckimmie <mckimmie@one.net.au>
sydney, nsw australia - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 07:06:08 (EST)
GREAT SITE. My great-grandfather was Baikie Sinclair born Dec.4 1802 in Orphir. He had a twin sister Frances who married a McKay. Does anyone have any more info on the McKay's or the same Sinclair family?? My great-grandfather came to Canada in 1822 to work for the Hudson Bay Company.
Lou Kabel <lkabel@voyageur.ca>
ON Canada - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 01:59:11 (EST)
GREAT SITE. My great-grandfather was Baikie Sinclair born Dec.4 1802 in Orphir. He had a twin sister Frances who married a McKay. Does anyone have any more info on the McKay's or the same Sinclair family?? My great-grandfather came to Canada in 1822 to work for the Hudson Bay Company.
Lou Kabel <lkabel@voyageur.ca>
ON Canada - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 01:57:56 (EST)
Just browsing, thank you. I am tracing my mother's family line (tee names are Metal & Cornal)
Peter Flett Smith <heath.bank@virgin.net>
Banffshire, UK - Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 09:32:08 (EST)
I am working on the my family tree..have some information on my gg grandfather, at my website. Christopher Findlay born Orphir, we think...would be helpful to meet other relations: Your site is just great!
Monte Engelson <hme@island.net>
Duncan, BC Canada - Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 00:54:40 (EST)
I could spend days at your site and no doubt will in the future. Thank you for all your work. I am interested in Bews, Seatter, Tullock, Mainland from Westray. Regards David
David Westray Bews
- Friday, January 16, 1998 at 23:55:33 (EST)
Hiya! Great stuff...hope to find some info on my ancestors...
Hoy Thompson <hoy@gvi.net>
Kansas City, MO USA - Friday, January 16, 1998 at 14:32:52 (EST)
Hello, I am just beginning to trace the Scottish Family Tree of Mr. Hugh David Wilson of Glasgow Scotland. He was born on September 16, 1903, and came to Canada as an adult. Apparently he was orphaned as a young boy, and worked in the mines at age 12. He married a Margaret Nellis Pryce of Dunbarton Scotland, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Carol Wilson <cwilson@magmacom.com>
Richmond, Ont Canada - Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at 19:35:08 (EST)
I've been looking for information on the Annal family and think this might be a good place to try.
Kathi Johnson <kjohns@webtv.net>
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, January 13, 1998 at 14:11:40 (EST)
Walter, Thanks for all the work you do for Orcadian genealogical researchers (including me). I could never access you site using WIN3.1 and Netscape 3.0. It always gave me GPF errors, but now with my new machine I hope to drop by often and enjoy your work. Thanks again from a Canadian Orcadian ;-) Bill
Bill Irvine <wji@islandnet.com>
VICTORIA, BC Canada - Sunday, January 11, 1998 at 10:55:06 (EST)
I had not planned on a query, but asking about Mary Arters, and her husband James (William) McCandliss b. 1857 would be appropriate? I have info that says Mary was from Scotland and that she was Ireland - any ideas on researching this?
John K. McCandliss <JMcCandliss@computer.org>
Kannapolis, NC USA - Saturday, January 10, 1998 at 06:51:37 (EST)
Hi family. Glad to meet you! We are second generation American. My grandfather Peter Annal came to the states in 1914.
Peter James Annal <Pete214@erols.com>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, January 09, 1998 at 21:54:42 (EST)
Glad I found your site. I was given information to contact this site as I am researching my family tree. As some of my ancestors come from the Orkney Islands I'm sure I'll find something I need.
Audrey Lealos <leala@sk.sympatico.ca>
Prince Albert, Sk. Canada - Friday, January 09, 1998 at 11:02:30 (EST)
Hello - My surname is Gray and I'm investigating my family tree. It's at the very early stages and I'll write more when I have some more information.
Dave Gray <dave@orkney.clara.net>
Holm, Orkney, USA - Thursday, January 08, 1998 at 07:41:37 (EST)
My3xgreat grandfather Benjamin Guthrie (Sr) was born in Scotland Unk date and place. He was married 12-31-1812 in Woodford Kentucky to Catharine Ramsey. His 4th son William Preston Guthrie was by great great grandfather. William Preston was born 4-19-1833 in Woodford, Kentucky. He married Susan Catharine Hodges. Their son John Edward Guthrie was born 12-1-1861. He married Mary Ellet Fretz and my grandfather was Leeland Archie Guthrie born 9-18-1890 Comstock, NE and married Charlotte Augusta Bonar. Any further information on Benjamin Guthrie and his ancestors would be great. I enjoy sharing with anyone, and I am looking at creating a web site.
Mauri Davenport Gandy <mgandy@tstar.net>
Marble Falls, TX 78654USA - Wednesday, January 07, 1998 at 23:31:40 (EST)
My great grandfather, Thomas Aitken was a baker for the Cursiter Bakery in Kirkwall -1862 (?) until after 1891.
Isobel Chiswell <chiswell@idirect.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 07, 1998 at 21:43:18 (EST)
I am reladed to the Gullion family. and have found this site..thanks for this..they are hard to find...Holly
Holly Rupert <gtcobra@yknet.yk.ca>
Whitehorse, yt canada - Tuesday, January 06, 1998 at 20:25:37 (EST)
My grandfather, Alexander Lindsay Spence, lived in Brantford Ontario, Canada. He was born in1896. His father was William Spence (sister - Mary). William's father was named Adam Spence. I believe that both Adam and his son William were born in the Orkney's, although I lose the thread there. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Your site is exhaustive and exciting. Thanks for the tour. DSR.
Daved Spence Read <cmstjohn@julian.uwo.ca>
London, On Canada - Tuesday, January 06, 1998 at 02:01:17 (EST)
This seems like a very interesting site.
Lynette Adamson
MT USA - Sunday, January 04, 1998 at 15:30:29 (EST)
Nice to see the Orkney site and view the information. Nancy & Donald Cromarty
donald alexander stewart cromarty <ncromarty@aol.com>
sarasota, florida USA - Friday, January 02, 1998 at 18:32:33 (EST)
Looking for history predating a James Corrigall of Hyvall, in the town of Hourston in the Parish of Sandwick. James was married to Mary Tulloch. James was married some time before 1852. Great website by the way.
Danielle Corrigall <corrigal@netcom.ca>
Burlington, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 18:22:25 (EST)
Seeking information regarding the marriage of John Smith and Margaret Balentine between 1820 and 1870.
John D. Smith <sixgun@cpros.com>
Grants Pass, OR USA - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 17:30:49 (EST)