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Thanks for the assistance. This is a fine site.
Mathew Fisher <00mdfisher@bsuvc.bsu.edu>
Muncie, IN USA - Friday, December 31, 1999 at 16:25:13 (EST)
I am looking for ancestors of my great great grandfather the name is Kiser came from scotland or Irleand between 1844 to 1890. He meet my great great mother and took her last name which is Southerland. Their family still should live in N.C.
Beckham Southerland <ltdan@eastky.net>
Baxter, ky USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 20:57:36 (EST)

jason udall <jcu@publiconline.co.uk>
uk - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 07:17:52 (EST)
My Mom asked me to look for information about the Westrays. She is especially interested in those Westrays who ended up in North Carolina. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Reid Barbour
Reid Barbour <rbarbour@email.unc.edu>
Chapel Hill, NC USA - Friday, December 24, 1999 at 00:18:29 (EST)
Researching Grant/Groat & Heddle
Daniel Grant <grantda@ucinet.com>
Pendleton, OR USA - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 22:11:28 (EST)
very informative, and clearly laid out
Dave Cox <davecox@mgownersclub.net>
England - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 17:54:44 (EST)
Wishart:Info. on time period of 1600's for Wisharts in the Orkneys (Nicol etc.). Thanks.
Betty Mortland <BettyM2735@juno.com>
East Lansing, MI USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 23:12:40 (EST)
I am so happy to have learned of this website. I was able to determine that my family name (Peace) originated in Orkney.
Evelyn Peace Campbell <Kecamp49@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 15:38:03 (EST)
Have just completed a family History of Peace of North Carolina and South Carolina. Was only able to go back to John Peace of Pennsylvania, USA b. cir 1754,understand he came from Ireland.
Evelyn Peace Campbell <Kecamp49@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 15:34:21 (EST)
I am so happy to have learned of this website. I was able to determine that my family name (Peace) originated in Orkney.
Evelyn Peace Campbell
USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 15:31:04 (EST)
Just drifting thru...checking for Adams, McKeane, Thompson family members.
Vaughn Adams <vpa@btic.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 01:13:08 (EST)
Fabulous website! I am researching the Brass and Linskill family. My ggrandfather was Charles Clouston Brass born on October 25, 1862 in Wick, Caithness. His father was Charles Clouston Brass and his mother was Jane Baikie Linskill. My ggrandfather, Charles married Flora Mennie Henderson and they had 4 children. If you are researching the same information, please send me email!
Bonnie Hamilton <konaha@msn.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 23:43:26 (EST)
Great web I still have some missing parts to complete my line. They all came from Orkney except Elliott. They came from the big island Border area. Have it back to 1739. Any one with info. just write me, just love to hear!
Shirley Klamm <Shirley-37@prodigy.net>
Racine, Wi USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 23:40:58 (EST)
Hi, I am looking for my G,G,grandfather James McLeod, who married Anne Craigie, daughter of William Craigie & Margaret Bews in Kirkwall approx. 1854. Have searched the 1851 census and found Anne and parents in Kirkwall. Many Craigies & Bews but very few McLeods and certainly not the one that I am searching for. can anybody help ?
Robert McLeod <robmac18@one.net.au>
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 06:15:12 (EST)
I have been researching the Cromartie/Cromarty family in Canada for the past five years, and have a lot of helpfull information
Timothy Evan Cromarty <timcromarty@hotmail.com>
Merritt, BC Canada - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 17:20:06 (EST)
Wonderful site! I am very interested in learning more about Orkney. My Grandfather was born in Kirkwall and I used to love to hear the stories of his youth.
David Peace <Fourpeace@aol.com>
Princeton, KY USA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 09:52:31 (EST)
Brilliant Website. My GGG Grandparents were William HEDDLE & Euphemia LEASK m. 1809 in Stromness. I would love to hear from anyone researching the same family. Regards Barbara
Barbara Stow <barb155@ic24.net>
UK - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 05:46:53 (EST)
Ian is currently researching our family tree
Malcolmson Ian & Jillian <themalcs@ukhome.net>
Andover, hants uk - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 10:11:57 (EST)
Wonderful site - Thank you
Caroline Velzian Donaghy <CDONAGHY@ISLC.NET>
Beaufort, SC USA - Friday, December 17, 1999 at 09:59:08 (EST)
Trying to gather more information on the MODE surname, it's origins and meaning. Many with the MODE surname settled in Western North Carolina in the 1780's. Not sure of my heritage.
Joe Mode <risstaff@ris-corp.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Friday, December 10, 1999 at 14:05:23 (EST)
Terrific site. I've posted a query elswhere. Looking for 2XGGrandfather info David Mason b 1793? I've definitely bookmarked this site. Dave Mason
Dave Mason <David.mason@sympatico.ca>
Meaford, On Canada - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 19:42:12 (EST)
Terrific site. I've posted a query elswhere. Looking for 2XGGrandfather info David Mason b 1793? I've definitely bookmarked thai site. Dave Mason
Dave Mason <David.mason@sympatico.ca>
Meaford, On Canada - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 19:41:47 (EST)
I stumbled across your site trying to discover if my husbands family (Work, from the Orkneys) belonged to a particular Scottish Clan. This is a wonderful resource! Your dedication is commendable.
Jackie Work <jackiew@mountaincable.on.ca>
Cayuga, ON Canada - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 16:27:50 (EST)
Decendent of John or Lowe Loutit who worked for Hudson Bay Co. 1700's as middleman and bowsman.Hauled fur from York Factory to Lower Fort Garry.Just hooked up to your sight and will be spending a lot of time browsing here with other family members.
Richard Lowe Loutit <rrr@sympatico.ca>
St. Andrews, Mb Canada - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 15:07:06 (EST)
Looking for family background for John and Lowe loutit. They came to Canada 1700's.Worked for Hudson bay Co. as middleman and bowsman.Married natives[names unknown].
Richard Lowe Loutit <rrr@sympatico.ca>
St. Andrews , Mb Canada - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 14:51:43 (EST)
Great site interesting to me , maiden name Skea from Sanday Orkney, Mothers maiden name was Corsie, from Tankerness Orkney
Jean Beattie <BeattieA@clavenfanshawec.on.ca>
St Thomas, On Canada - Saturday, December 04, 1999 at 20:41:54 (EST)
Great site interesting to me , maiden name Skea from Sanday Orkney, Mothers maiden name was Corsie, from Tankerness Orkney
Jean Beattie <BeattieA@clavenfanshawec.on.ca>
St Thomas, On Canada - Saturday, December 04, 1999 at 20:31:56 (EST)
thank you for this informative wesite on the sanday island, bieng married to a sanday and having two children who are interested in finding their heritage led me to your page. I hope we will learn more about my husbands family here.
mary sanday <mlsanday@cs.com>
ortonville, mi USA - Saturday, December 04, 1999 at 18:36:54 (EST)
Very interesting. I am researching Shaw(Glasgow) Mouat (Unst), any help would be appreciated
Barbara Lawrence <jlawrence@mcb.net>
USA - Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 18:42:09 (EST)
Great site thanks for doing it
Leonard R Noakes <noakesl@tcc.on.ca>
Hensall , Ontario Canada - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 15:58:25 (EST)
Correction on Turfus family line. Should be Peter Turfus 1822 m. 1849 Helen Guthrie c1821(not Margaret)child: Mary Ann Turfus 1869. Mary Ann married 1890 Alexander McKinlay-1874 who supposedly lived on "Blackfarm" S. Ronaldsay. Listing does not show any McKinlay or similar name family. They had 7 children, one of which was my mother-in-law who just past away at the age of 96. She was Elizabeth McKinlay born 1903. Siblings were John 1890, Margaret, Alexander 1897, Mary Helen 1901, Barbara Simison 1905 and Edith 1907.
Rae Ellen Suttie <rasuti@ameritech.net>
Troy, Mi USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 19:31:23 (EST)
Family line - Peter Turfus married Margaret Gutherie, child Mary Ann Turfus 1869-1929, married 1890 Alexander McKinlay 1874-1929. Would love to hear from anyone related to these ancestors of my husband. What a wonderful web page!
Rae Ellen Suttie <rasuti@ameritech.net >
Troy, Mi USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 00:15:11 (EST)
I am looking for ancestors of an uncle of mine his name was Peter Rosie and his parents were Peter Rosie and Ann Cooper who appear to come from South Ronaldsay (I hope I got the name right) I would like to hear from anyone with any information on this family. Thanks.
Fay Byers
USA - Wednesday, November 24, 1999 at 14:02:04 (EST)
Trying to find the parents of William Fleet, b. 1815, probably in Stromness. Emigrated to the Province of New Brunswick.
Walter R. Fleet <wfleet@adelphia.net>
Coudersport, PA USA - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 18:42:20 (EST)
Revisiting for more information about KENT family.
Douglas Kent <douglaskent@bigpond.com>
Stanthorpe, QLD Australia - Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 07:12:40 (EST)
I forgot to give my research names. They are: Cromarty, Heddle, Flett, Annal and Sinclair.
Edna Young <edna.young@clear.net.nz>
Feilding, N.I. New Zealand - Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 01:35:41 (EST)
I think I checked in before, but if I did not, well hello. My ancestors came from Orkney and I am interested in South Ronaldsay in particular.
Edna Young <edna.young@clear.net.nz>
Feilding, N.I. New Zealand - Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 01:19:11 (EST)
Terrific idea to whom it may please! If there are any kiltmakers that read this, please email me. I am very interested. Thank you!
Douglas Skea <duncansk@hotmail.com>
Danbury, Ct USA - Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 18:33:54 (EST)
I keep hoping to find information about my g-g-grandfather, ROBERT PETRIE, and his sons JAMES PETRIE b. 1819; ROBERT PETRIE, b. ab 1825 & BREMNER PETRIE, b. ab 1827. His sister, JEANETTE/JANETT B. 1811 was the wife of PETER COOPER, B. 1892 James' wife was JESSIE/JANET GUTHRIE, b. 1819 who had two brothers, WILLIAM GUTHRIE, b. ab 1827 & CHARLES JEFFREY GUTHRIE, b. ab 1836. My information places them in Kirkwall. They were members of the Secession Presbyterian Church and I have come to believe that their membership in a non-conformist church is the reason their names do not appear anywhere. If anyone has information about how to access these church records, I would be most grateful. Julia Colton
Julia Petrie Loomis Colton <coltmj@juno.com>
Willow Street, PA USA - Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 15:44:08 (EST)
My great grandfather was George HEWISON, born 29th July, 1832 at Kirkwall son of Janet (nee CHALMERS)& George HEWISON, son of Benjamin HEWISON. I have letters written from Queen's Hotel Kirkwall on 18th February, 1895 from William HEWISON, brother of George who came to Australia about 1852. I believe he had another brother Horace and two sisters, Jane & Sara Anne. I would like to hear from any descendants of the above. Thanks, Margaret ELLIOTT.
Margaret Elliott <melliott@westserv.net.au>
Forbes, NSW Australia - Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 02:14:34 (EST)
Always interested in the Orkneys! We are particularly interested in hearing from Bews 'cousins'
David and Rosalie Bes <bewsr@ozemail.com.au>
North Avoca, NNSW Australia - Friday, November 19, 1999 at 15:11:54 (EST)
Does anyone have info on the marriage of a Jean CLOUSTON and Joseph DICK on Nov. 22, 1834 - Firth & Stenness, Orkney? I have a Jane CLOUSTON and Joseph DICKSON, but cannot find a marriage date - this date above is around the time I should be locating a marriage date. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Jackie
Jackie <jackiemiddleton@home.com>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, November 19, 1999 at 14:31:46 (EST)
Hoping to find out about my Oradian name and how it came to Cork Ireland.
Patricia M. Skea <patrica.skea@chase.com>
new york, ny USA - Friday, November 19, 1999 at 11:19:55 (EST)
Delighted to find your site and many of my family's surnames covered. At same time rather surprised to see that Heddle (ie. Heddles of Melsetter who bought Melsetter from the Moodies) missing also Cok, Skail and Gote. Just the register facts you give will be very helpful in authenticating some of the MS notes I have run into.
J. P. Morton <jpmorton@sympatico.ca>
- Thursday, November 18, 1999 at 13:52:53 (EST)
I am a Cruickshank, searching my roots.
Jackie Cruickshank Likes <likecol@gateway.net>
Shelton, Wa USA - Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 15:10:57 (EST)
GGD of Margaret Laughton and William Shearer of Wilderness Farm Holm Parrish, Mainland Orkney. Grandfather Ed, one of nine(William, John, Christina,Andrew, Edward, James, Peter, Jessie ann(?) Margaret and one other. Not in that order. One went to New Zealand, one to Shetland, one to Scotland and the rest to Oregon, USA. I am in the process of research and would welcome help and inquires.
Mary Shearer Hillgaertner <judge@transport.com>
Portland, OR USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 22:18:26 (EST)
My granadfather Robert Tulloch born 1851, Upper Linnay, North Ronaldsay. Blacksmith, came to Australia with brothers Adam White and Thomas in 1879.
Robanne Howie <howiejch@bigpond.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 22:56:14 (EST)
Thank you for this site which I have enjoyed visiting.
A L PURVES <mfp@tinyonline.co.uk>
SCOTLAND - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 15:08:40 (EST)
Omitted my e mail address last time I visited the guestbook. Greetings from Scotland.
Duncan John Drever Cursiter <duncan.cursiter@talk21.com>
Stonehaven, Scotland - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 12:38:11 (EST)
I am a Great granddaughter of a Jane Croy who came from Kirkwell in the orkneys and married awilliam davis in sth Australia
Carmel Dickson <Carmelj@alphalink.com.au>
Melbourne, vict australia - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 00:46:19 (EST)
I am just starting to look up family tree information. My Great Grandfather was born in the Orkney Islands on May 18,1849. His name was James Mackie.
Jim Herriott <jherriott@telus.net>
Sechelt, BC Canada - Friday, November 12, 1999 at 03:12:30 (EST)
Depuis environ 10 ans, ma mère étais "bloquée" sur JAMES CLOUSTON né en 1786 et émigré au Canada. IL y en a 3 dans vos renseignements mais on va continuer nos recherches pour savoir lequel est le bon. Je tiens a vous féliciter... Vous venez de lui faire faire un tres grand pas de Géant dans sa recherche. Merci.
Annie Côté <zobi4@hotmail.com>
Québec, Canada - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 19:40:28 (EST)
Fantastic site. Thank you. Found loads of Shetland Petrie's, still to look more closely at them to see which are the right ones. Surprised to see no Jamiesons at all, am interested in that line. I have some Jamieson family details going back to 1642.
Anne Yeung <anne@skyeung.screaming.net>
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 11:17:26 (EST)
Hi read your older guest book and was very much impressed. I am still looking for my ancestor who migrated to New Jersey about 1839. His name was Peter Brown and he was christined in 1822 in Kirkwall. He was a tailor by trade and was killed in our civil war in 1964. Thank you.
Doris Krikorian <Oldlive1@aol.com>
ca USA - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 07:50:45 (EST)
What a great board! Thankyou so much! I found lots of info on my Ballenden/Ballintine, Garson and Inkster families. You've saved me a fortune! My Donaldsons are from Orphir descended from James Donaldson and Elizabeth Simpson. Related to Pirie also
Marie Donaldson <mdon@sunink.com>
Australia - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 01:51:25 (EST)
i am interested in James Firth, born in the Orkney Islands about 1840, who married Susan Carruthers, and emigrated to Hamilton, Canada. He was a blacksmith by trade.
james firth <firthjim@nas.net>
Ancaster, ON Canada - Monday, November 08, 1999 at 19:37:50 (EST)
Hi just passing through and found your place. Seems like a very interesting place for my search on the Isbisters.
Ray Campbell <RayCampbellSK@netscape.net>
Saskatoon, SK Canada - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 20:00:07 (EST)
hey I am trying to get in touch with a guy called Marcus mainsfield i tried the e-mail address i had but it is not working help me if you can
mandy <mandyview@hotmail.com>
ireland - Wednesday, November 03, 1999 at 15:03:07 (EST)
I am looking for any relatives of MAGNUS SPENCE b.1826 who married ANN SPENCE ABOUT 1850. Apparently Magnus Spence was the Sabiston Schoolmaster. Magnus and Ann had eight children - Thomas (1850), Ann (1851), Magnus (1853), John (1854), Andrina (185_), Jessie (1858), Hannan (1861), and George Robert (1861). I believe George Robert emigrated to New Zealand. I believe Ann married a FLETT, Magnus married Jemma CRAIGIE, John married Janet McKAY, Andrina married Alex SPENCE and I'm unsure of the others. Anybody with information on these families please contact.
Ian Tycho <Ian.Tycho@bmo.com>
Kelowna, BC Canada - Wednesday, November 03, 1999 at 15:01:04 (EST)
I'll get this address right yet.
linda hepburn <linda.hiltz@ns.sympatico.ca>
canada - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 20:34:07 (EST)
Need to correct my E-mail address,and I'm still interested in talking to other Hepburns .
linda hepburn <linda.hiltz@ns.sympatico.com>
canada - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 20:29:07 (EST)
Best wishes on your search
Mick McCabe <mabsch@tesco.net>
Smallfield, United Kingdom - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 16:05:02 (EST)
Very pleased that you have made all the info available. More Fletts than I have ever seen before.
Kerr Godfrey <kerrgodfrey@hotmail.com>
Dallas, Tx USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:21:42 (EST)
Looking for ancestors at St. Margarets hope, Sth. Ronaldshay, Orkney islands. My grandfather was William Norquay, son of William Norquay and Barbara Stewart.
Madge Roughley <www.hotmail.com>
Australia - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 01:55:20 (EDT)
We're just making attempts to trace family in Orkney. Surnames involved: Flett, Heddle, Laughton.
David and Judi Flett <djfletaz@concentric.net>
AZ USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 00:47:45 (EDT)
Interested in contacting other FOULIS families. My FOULIS family were originally from Papa Westray... Wm FOULIS,bc. 1755,marr Ann BURGAR;(7 chn) Son Oliver b.1785 marr Ann REID,b.1780,(her parents Wm.REID & Elizt REID);(7 chn.) Son John FOULIS,(Capt.)b.1814---1875,marr.1834 in Kirkwall Janet SLATER.(8 chn) Son James Cumming FOULIS,(Capt.) b.1841,Kirkwall...d.1920 in Cairns,Australia.(my gt grandfather). Interested in making contact with descendants of earlier lateral generations. Other Orcadian names that I'm researching are : SLAT(T)ER.MUIR,MILLER,GROUNDWATER,SMITH,MATCHES,COPLAND, and FLETT. Also interested in tracing descendants of 2 gt grandfather's brother Thomas CAMPBELL marr.Janet SLATER in 1839 in Kirkwall.He was afarm manager on Sanday....5 chn Margt.1839;Wm.1841;Elizt.,1843;Thomas 1855;Alexander 1860. Also his sister,Catherine marr.James SINCLAIR in 1843 in Kirkwall...6 chn. Elizt.1845;Wm. 1851;James 1854;Annie 1856;Eleanor 1860;and Tomima 1863. The CAMPBELLS were natives of Halkirk,Cai. Hope to hear from some descendant out there!!! Janette.
Janette THOMSON,(FOULIS) <janmax@vds.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic AUSTRALIA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 00:22:41 (EDT)
Hi once again to all readers of this great site. Still researching my many Orcadian names. BARNEY..an early one sometimes written as BARNETT. My direct ancestor was Edward BARNEY marr. Jean/Jane DENNISON about 1745,Sanday,Lady Par. I believe his siblings were Elspeth,Jean,John,Peter and Patrick. Patrick marr. Jean SCLATTER. Edward and Jane BARNEY had a Jean BARNEY b. 1746 marr John MUIR about 1776,Sanday.Their dau.Barbara MUIR was my 3xgt grandmother,marr. another John MUIR.Both bur. St. Magnus burial ground. Hope to hear from other descendants . Janette
Janette THOMSON,(FOULIS) <janmax@vds.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 00:01:19 (EDT)
I AM INTERSTED TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY GORRIES RELATED TO ME, THAT STILL LIVE IN THE ORKNEY ISLANDS. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ROSALEE, WHO'S PARENTS WERE WILLIAM LONNIE GORRIE AND CATHRINE A B J CLOUSTON
M K COOK
- Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 12:12:27 (EDT)
A great site ! I am still researching SLAT(T)ER...James SLAT(T)ER and Elspet/Elizabeth MUIR of Sanday and Kirkwall, dau.Annie SLAT(T)ER,(1818) married Wm.CAMPBELL,native of Halkirk,Cai.,in Kirkwall in 1838,migrated to Adelaide arriving 1839 on "Fairfield". Her brother Robert SLAT(T)ER,1812, also migrated to Adelaide in 1851 with his wife Margt.CHRISTIAN and 2 sons...Angus and Robt. Anne and Robt had siblings...David,c.1804;Elizt.,1806;Margt.1814 and Mary 1816. Was there a James? Any connections out there?
Janette THOMSON <janmax@vds.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 20:42:28 (EDT)
I am searching for records on the 'Dustan' family. My grandfather, Alexander Dustan, was born in the Shetland Islands.
Leanne Dustan <ldustan@hotmail.com>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 09:28:04 (EDT)
I am interested in the Hoy family who came from that island
Leonard Tavernetti <coyote33@home.net>
Dana Point, CA USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 22:40:44 (EDT)
PEACE,JOHNSTON,SPENCE,MOAR,MURRAY MARGARET MOAR b.1789 Mar. ALEXANDER JOHNSTON b. 1785 Dau. ISOBEL JOHNSTON(1811)& ROBERT SPENCE(1809) Mar. 1834 Dau. ANN SPENCE(1838) & WILLIAM PEACE Mar. 1860 Dau. Mary Peace(1867) & PETER MURRAY Mar. 1886
Catherine <zrealmuto@aol.com>
Birmingham, AL USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 15:23:42 (EDT)
Trying to find any mention of mother's family going back many, many years .... Elphanstone?????
Veronica Strudwick <veronica@acay.com.au>
Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 03:50:34 (EDT)
Am Researching Fletts who came to New Brunswick, Canada,
Sue McKay <smckay@pacificcoast.net>
Victoria, BC Canada - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 00:36:04 (EDT)
Looking For Henry Leask That came to Canada in the 1800's.
Chal and Gloria Leask <leasks@freeway.net>
Cheboygan, mi USA - Friday, October 22, 1999 at 20:35:47 (EDT)
More Arcus people eh! lol
Colin James Arcus <colin.arcus@home.com>
Thornhill, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 21:05:46 (EDT)
Have been trying to track down my gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Peter Petrie, who left St. Andrews, Orkney via Port Kirkwall in September 1774 on the ship Marlborough. The ship was bound for Savannah Georgia. So far, I have not been able to locate birth records for Peter who was apparently was born about 1764 and may have lived in the area known as Grotster or Grotsetter. The only birth for that year was for a John Petrie. Anyone have any ideas on how to pursue this? Thanks in advance.
Jack Petree <river_ridge@usa.net>
Sealy, TX USA - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 20:56:26 (EDT)
Thanks for all the work! Am tracing the Keldays -my branch lived on North Ronaldsay then moved to Westray in the late 1800s.
joan kelday <jkelday@uswest.net>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 16:24:30 (EDT)
I have been researching my grandmother's family who were all from Orkney. Many thanks for the effort that you have put into your site.
Gordon Whitcomb <gwhitcom@estec.esa.nl>
Noordwijk, Netherlands - Monday, October 18, 1999 at 13:24:43 (EDT)
I am looking for any McCorristers and I read that they orginally come from the Orkney Islands.
Donna McCorrister (McChorrister?) <doodleslots@hotmail.com>
winnipeg, Canada - Friday, October 15, 1999 at 16:27:48 (EDT)
Hello! I am researching the HEDDLE, SHEARER AND STICKLER families from Kirkwall, Stronsay, and Evie and Rendall,Orkney. 1700-1900s.
Karen Acker <acker@ican.net>
Burlington, ON Canada - Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 21:56:29 (EDT)
Hello! I am researching the HEDDLE, SHEARER AND STICKLER
Karen Acker <acker@ican.net>
Burlington, ON Canada - Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 21:53:10 (EDT)
Hi there What an absolutely excellent site! I am currently compiling a family tree for the Orkney Balfours and was very pleased to see the Marriage,Birth and Christening data that you provided. Will you be placing the Deaths information on site as well? It would certainly help me tie up a few loose ends if you did! Keep up the good work. Regards Bill Cowsell
William Balfour Cowsell <billco@tesco.net>
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Sunday, October 10, 1999 at 13:15:13 (EDT)
My father was Andrew Fraser Mowat born in Thurso on Oct 5 1905 He was one of 15 children parents John and Georgina nee Munro
TAILLON,ANN <taillon@idirect.com>
Oshawa, oon Canada - Thursday, October 07, 1999 at 08:06:14 (EDT)
My last entry in the guest book was July 5th, this is to notify anyone interested of my change of e-mail address. It is now as above.
Maggie (Corsie) Cooper <maggiec@hawaii.rr.com>
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 18:06:23 (EDT)
Looking for Neills who lived out side Greatfalls Montana late 1800.
Sandra Neill <Sandydave@uswest.net>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 15:35:19 (EDT)
just interested
john gannon CLOUSTON <gannon@tig.com.au>
sydney, nsw australia - Sunday, October 03, 1999 at 07:35:01 (EDT)
I have recently begun my Orkney ancestor search. I am looking for information on the DICKSON, HOURSTON, CLOUSTON, and NORQUAY families. From what I have managed to find so far, these people were from South Ronaldsay.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jackie <jackiemiddleton@home.com>
Toronto, ON Canada - Saturday, October 02, 1999 at 08:31:38 (EDT)
Have seen no reference to Fotheringhame in your guestbook pages - apparantly our family also has something to do with Baikie and Miller - My gg gf Ralph Fotheringhame married Jemima Miller (father Joseph Miller) one of their sons - my g gf Capt James Fotheringhame immigrated to Australia and was joined by his sister Josephine who never married. Would like to contact/have info on Fotheringhame - have a great story written about Miller (who was a capt of a ship in the Napoleonic war) written by Josephine.
Susan Strachan <strachans@microtech.com.au>
Devonport, Tas Australia - Saturday, October 02, 1999 at 04:07:07 (EDT)
What a wonderful site!!! My great-grandmother was Jane Corrigal of Evie and Rendall, Orkneys and married Donald Sutherland of Tongue, Scotland approx. 1830. I am thrilled to be able to work on the Corrigal side but would love to hear from anyone who might have knowledge of the Sutherlands of Tongue and their history.......I am willing to supply any data that I have regarding my family tree that I know is correct....my grandfather....Robert Corrigal Sutherland and 3 of his brothers, emmigrated to Canada in 1884 as stone masons. From IGI I have these names......Donald, William c1851, Kenneth c1853, John b22 Apr. 1855, Robert (my grandfather) b12 Jun 1859, James Hunter b26 July 1863, Christopher b5 Feb. 1865, Jane b15 Jun 1870. Terrific work done here!!! Nancy Greig nancy.brian@sympatico.ca Oct. 1, 1999
Nancy Sutherland Greig <nancy.brian@sympatico.ca>
Odessa, Ont Canada - Friday, October 01, 1999 at 12:12:39 (EDT)
What a great site. I was able to find a connection to the Norquay,s and was wondering if there is anyone with a connection to the Pringles that came from Melrose Scotland in the 1880,s to Canada. My father was born there , his grandfather had a wine, spirit and tea shop. Would be intered in hearing from any Pringles..Thank you kindly for this opportunity.AHD
Agnes H Down <adown@snug.mb.ca>
Souris, MB Canada - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 22:20:41 (EDT)
Currently searching for ancestors" Stewart, Black, McLarty, Liddell, Glen, Black, McNaught....all to colonies before Revolution/
Cordelia Snell Holem <SNELLHOLEM@aol.com>
Austin, TX"Cur USA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 14:38:11 (EDT)
Need to correct e:mail address for information on James Peter Andrew Linklater as discribed in previous questbook entry
don butler <donaldbutler@worldnet.att.net>
portland, or USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 23:05:33 (EDT)
Seeking information on family of James Peter Andrew Linklater born in Scotland and immigrated to the US in late 19th century. Information would suggest he was from the Shetland Islands. We do have some additional info.
Don Butler <donaldbutler@worldnet.att.com>
Portland, or USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 21:47:08 (EDT)
My family originated from Denmark via the Orkneys where I believe Captain James Hourie ran a ferry service in the 1800s? Any info greatfully received as I now live in Australia - a very long way away! Great Site love it
Sarah Finlow-Bates (nee Howrie) <sunshinelady@ozemail.com.au>
Perth, WA Australia - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 01:21:21 (EDT)
I am trying to find some connections with my grandparents from Latheron, Caithness.They migrated to southern Argentina bet. 1915 and 20's with two sons John and Benjamin. Their names were Benjamin Gunn Cormack and Lucy Gair Jane Miller. They lived in Wick at the time of their departure.
victor J. Castleton <Castleton@post.com>
wantagh, ny USA - Monday, September 27, 1999 at 22:45:54 (EDT)
Found this through surfing and looking at Scottish Clans. Have traced ancestory to KIRKWALL, GRANDMOTHERS maiden name is Dearness.
David Richard Lucas
Southport, Qld Australia - Monday, September 27, 1999 at 10:12:09 (EDT)
Looking for my GGM, MARY PEACE. Married in Edinburgh in 1886 to Peter Murray. Family rumour has it that she is from the Orkney islands. Any help would be appreciated.
Catherine <zrealmuto@aol.com>
Birmingham, Al. USA - Thursday, September 23, 1999 at 13:00:50 (EDT)
Thank you for this site, very informative, found a lot about the Dennison's I didn't know before.
Jack Dennison <jdennison@hotmail.com>
Chetwynd, B.C. Canada - Wednesday, September 22, 1999 at 21:29:47 (EDT)
REASEARCHING:JAMES DINNISON B:1751, I BELIEVE HIS PARENTS MAY HAVE BEEN WILLIAM DINNISON AND RACHEL FEA.WOULD LIKE ANY ADDITIONAL INFO ON THESE NAMES. ALSO JAMES SON JAMES HAD A DAUGHTER NAMED JANE B:11/05/1838. WHAT YEAR DID SHE AND HER BROTHER ANDREW COME TO THE USA? ARE THERE ANY NAYLORS ON ORYNEY?
Kathryn Cowher <JMAK777@aol.com>
Williamsport, Pa USA - Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 20:53:28 (EDT)
Would like to correspond with all Cromartys that have their roots in Orkney.
H. Alex Cromarty <hacgmc@telusplanet.net>
Provost, Alberta Canada - Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 01:11:37 (EDT)
I am looking for members of the Hambidge family. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you. Regards, Carol Hambidge
Carol Hambidge <Hcarol@msn.com>
Bellevue, Wa USA - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 10:14:24 (EDT)
My father Hugh Gibson Craigie came to Canada in 1925 - I am looking for the person cousin or second cousin who travelled with him to Guelph Ontario I believe.
Bruce Craigie <bcraigie@littlemountain.com>
Canada - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 00:03:12 (EDT)
My father Hugh Gibson Craigie came to Canada in 1925 - I am looking for the person cousin or second cousin who travelled with him to Guelph Ontario I believe.
Bruce Craigie
Canada - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 00:01:35 (EDT)
Looking for info on Hugh gibson Craigie
Bruce Craigie
Canada - Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 23:56:31 (EDT)
Looking for info on Hugh gibson Craigie
Bruce Craigie
USA - Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 23:56:17 (EDT)
Looking for family tree names: Borthwick : Sheddon : Silcock or : Suttie If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.
Teresa Suttie <sudball@telusplanet.net>
Spruce Grove, AB Canada - Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 23:29:44 (EDT)
One of those decendants from the Hoy Island. At least I think so??
Art Hoy <arthoy@uswest.net>
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 21:57:50 (EDT)
What a great find to locate your site..I am related to Norquays , Millers and Setters who left the Orkneys many years ago..Oman Norquay 1773-1820 joined the Hudson Bay Co in Canada in 1791.The Setters where from Rousay,who was on my greart-grandmothers side .So was most interesting to find someone looking for connection Thank you kindly for giving me this enjoyable evening on the net,..AHDown..
Agnes Down <adown@snug.mb.ca>
Souris, MB Canada - Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 01:51:15 (EDT)
Great site! I am searching for any information on the Groat family, in particular, Malcom Groat who married (1783) Gilles (Jilley) Barnet (Christened on Mar 5, 1755). They had a son Malcom who was born in Cloddy Hall Parish, South Ronaldsay. Also if anyone has any information about William Norquoy and Isabel Sinclair who were married in June 8, 1781 in Siriga Parish of South Ronaldsay. I found this site and now I think that I may be able to go further back in my history I think that Malcom Groat's father may be George Groat. Thanks
Patty Grant-Bloxom <p.r.bloxom@sk.sympatico.ca>
Creighton, SK Canada - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 15:58:46 (EDT)
maiden name turfus,interested in tracing my father's brother. Father was Frederick Turfus
kaymarshall <kaymarshall18@hotmail.com>
holmes chapel, cheshire Uk - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 07:00:44 (EDT)
I would like to find any information about my grandfather Johnny Green who married my grandmother Martha Tabor in Missouri in 1885. I do not know when he left Scotland.
LaVonne Hudson <hudlvcm@mindspring.com>
Rockwall, TX USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 00:43:03 (EDT)
I would like to find any information about my grandfather Johnny Green who married my grandmother Martha Tabor in Missouri in 1885.
LaVonne Hudson <hudlvcm@mindspring.com>
Rockwall, TX USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 00:40:57 (EDT)
I would like to contact anyone doing research on the Spence family of Harray Parish, Orkney, also the Flett family of Firth and Stenness, Orkney. Thanks
David Fielder <Dfield04@aol.com>
Vancouver, WA USA - Saturday, September 04, 1999 at 19:16:44 (EDT)
I have just discovered this website. Some of my maternal ancestors came from Westray-Orkney. My great grandfather was George Frederick Manson, born May 21, 1829. He died in Wanganui, New Zealand November 5, 1905. His parents were Peter Manson and Jean Randall. I do not have dates of birth or death for them. If any one has any relevant information I'd be delighted to hear from them. The "M" in my name is for Manson - my middle name.
Roy M. Alexander <alexandr@whl.co.nz>
Auckland, New Zealand - Saturday, September 04, 1999 at 18:40:05 (EDT)
I have just discovered this website. Some of my maternal ancestors came from Westray-Orkney. My great grandfather was George Frederick Manson, born May 21, 1829. He died in Wanganui, New Zealand November 5, 1905. His parents were Peter Manson and Jean Randall. I do not have dates of birth or death for them. If any one has any relevant information I'd be delighted to hear from them. The "M" in my name is for Manson - my middle name. Roy Alexander
Roy M. Alexander <alexandr@whl.co.nz>
Auckland, New Zealand - Saturday, September 04, 1999 at 18:39:38 (EDT)
Looking for Dunbars from the Ilands
Colin Hugh Dunbar <dunbar1947@cwcom.net>
Portsmouth, U.K. - Saturday, September 04, 1999 at 13:18:54 (EDT)
Son of Bob and Margaret Foubister Castlegar, BC Canada Grandson of the late James and Isabella Foubister Garth, Deerness, Orkney Isles, Scotland
Ian Foubister <ifoubister@finning.ca>
Yellowknife, nt canada - Friday, September 03, 1999 at 23:23:41 (EDT)
Are there any Irvines out there whith roots in Orkney? I would like to share and compare information. Have hit a black hole with William Byas Irvine born c.1835-50. Cannot find parents. Is someone out there wandering around looking for William Byas Irvine?
Patti Flynn Heimsness <sapwcbt@aol.com>
Billings, MT USA - Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 01:34:29 (EDT)
My grandfather-Robert Bichan Hepburn came to Nova Scotia from Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands,and I was just looking for some info about the family name and the islands.Thank-you.
linda hepburn-hiltz <linda.hiltz@n.s.sympatico.ca>
canada - Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 22:12:32 (EDT)
Am researching JOHN GROAT, born 1808 in the Orkneys and married Isabella THOMPSON. Their son, JOHN GROAT was born on Isle Of Westray on 22/9/1837 and came to Australia.That's about all I know at the moment.
Kerry Underwood (Groat) <d3290pn1@ozemail.com.au>
Tweed Heads, NSW Australia - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 19:17:06 (EDT)
Mr. Custer: Thanks so much for sending me the results of your research on the Corston name. It is rather more extensive than I ever thought it would be. Obviously you did a lot of work. It is appreciated. Tom Corston
Rev. Tom Corston <tom.corston@sympatico.ca>
Sudbury, ON Canada - Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 17:38:37 (EDT)
just started researching my family. have been told my great great grandparents emigrated to canada from orkney islands. I knew my great-grandather edmund watt who lived to age 96 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm 63 and want to get my maternal and paternal genealogy sorted out for my three sons
caroline watt richmond <r.g.richmond@worldnet.att.net>
USA - Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 17:32:00 (EDT)
just started researching my family. have been told my great great grandparents emigrated to canada from orkney islands. I knew my great-grandather edmund watt who lived to age 96 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm 63 and want to get my maternal and paternal genealogy sorted out for my three sons
caroline watt richmond
USA - Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 17:20:10 (EDT)
Wonderful, I found my great-grandmother listed, need more input from the family before proceeding.
Helen Campbell <jhm@surenet.net>
Bala, ON Canada - Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 08:23:04 (EDT)
is anyone researching the GOAR gamily of kirkwall? my grat-grandmother , jane goar was born in l821 in kirkwall and icould use some help in finding info on her and her family thanks.
nancy francis <dromdeb@aol.com>
chico , ca USA - Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 18:43:01 (EDT)
You've done wonders, and by trawling through your data I've managed to research my wife's family back another 100 years! Thanks a million!
Tim Williams <sxswiams@rdg.ac.uk>
Reading, UK - Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 16:59:08 (EDT)
Fantastic! I've found some of my Mainlands & Rendalls. Just need a "link" to LINKLATER & I'll feel like progress is being made at last. I'm very grateful to be able to access the fruits of your labour!
Phil Linklater <pelinky@bigfoot.com>
Auckland, New Zealand - Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 08:01:55 (EDT)
I visited the Orkneys in the 70'2 with my grandmother Susannah Margretta Devins (nee Fergus) where we met with Helen and Chrissie Gilchrist and then visited Mary Kendall in Papa Westray where we met many of the Fergus clan. I was but 16 years old at the time - Hope to return again !
Fergus Devins <fwdevins@molson.com>
Toronto, On Canada - Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 18:41:32 (EDT)
hi there been trying to find information about my late father leslie guthrie, who came from kirkwall, didnt know him when i was growing up but he worked on t.v. mast construction around 30 to 40 years ago in england and south africa and other places when he brought himself a fishing boat and lived in kirkwall i think i may have some brothers and sisters out there so if anyone has any info that would be great
lorraine andrews <mandrews@orc.ca>
canada - Monday, August 23, 1999 at 21:14:43 (EDT)
My grandfather William Cecil Cessford was born in the Borders area of Scotland and imigrated to Canada as a yound man. Anyone knowing of his family please call.
William J. Cessford <cessford@mb.sympatico>
winnipeg, mb canada - Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 21:22:34 (EDT)
So far, with just the very little bit if time which I have spent on your site, I like it, very much. You do, indeed, have a huge amount of names listed here. At least, that is, in the Rich/Ritch section. My only problem with all of them is how do I know just which ones are my ancestors. Maybe there is something that I am overlooking. You see, I am just fairly new at this genealogy stuff and it seems that I am, most always in a state of bewilderment.
MEL RICH <MRich10000@AOL.com>
Mesa, Az USA - Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 18:49:23 (EDT)
Looking for ancestry of family. Grandfather came from Scotland.
Walter Groat <sonny169@aol.com>
Cheshire, MA USA - Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 10:20:46 (EDT)
This is a really interesting site, came across it by accident. My husband is Eric James Eunson, his father was Eric Yorston Eunson, born in Orkney in 1916, moved to Leith right after WW1, and emigrated to Kenya in about 1956, then to South Africa in 1967.
Pam Eunson <morganridge@icon.co.za>
Boksburg, South Africa - Friday, August 20, 1999 at 08:12:34 (EDT)
It was nice to see so many mentions of what I thought was a rare name! I knew my family had originated in Shetland and Orkney, but had settled in Liverpool, England.
Hazel Havercan (nee Louttit) <hazel.havercan@cwcom.net>
Eastleigh, England UK - Tuesday, August 17, 1999 at 17:26:02 (EDT)
Hey! I've sort of hit a roadblock...I'm looking for information on my GGGG Grandfather....George Dunnett Stewart and have nothing more than the name to start with for now. I would really appreciate any help anyone could provide.
Steve Keffer <skeffer@sprint.ca>
Barrie, ON Canada - Monday, August 16, 1999 at 21:35:45 (EDT)
Hi, I am researching the surnames of Leavoch and Manson from the Wick/Caithness area. David Manson was transported to Tasmania in 1838 and the Leavoch family (known as Levick) came around the same time. If anyone has any information regarding these 2 families please let me know. Kay
Kay Podmore <kidda@primus.com.au>
Gosford, Australia - Monday, August 16, 1999 at 16:49:01 (EDT)
With both sides of my family having come from the Orkneys originally, this site is very informative.
Stuart Ward Henry <swhenry@eagle.ca>
Baltimore, Ont Canada - Monday, August 16, 1999 at 10:31:50 (EDT)
I am just getting started on tryng to locate the ancestors of Alexander Thomas Logan born 1811 Va. Was married to Eliza Turner Born 1817-18 Tn. Anyone out there with any info can e-mail me. Thanks
Midge <midgetfisher@webtv.net>
merced, ca USA - Sunday, August 15, 1999 at 10:54:08 (EDT)
I am attempting to establish my mother's connection to Kirkwall, Scotland. She was born December 2, 1887 to William Baikie. Her name was Eleanor Agnes Baikie. They immigrated to the United States about 1893, and settled in Chicago, Illinois.
RLaskey <RLaskey@aol.com>
Overland Park, KS USA - Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 23:09:55 (EDT)
Haven't used this site before, so can't make a valid comment.
RLaskey <RLaskey@aol.com>
Overland Park, KS USA - Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 23:02:57 (EDT)
This site is a gold mine. I am tracing Grieve & Gibson on Rousay & Egilshay and Hourie & Cormack at Deerness. Would appreciate any help I can get about them. Thanks
Hugh " Bud " Harrison <budsails@tir.com>
Troy, MI USA - Friday, August 13, 1999 at 22:43:21 (EDT)
Just looking at different sites on the net to find information on my Scottish heritage.
Juanita Lancini <legslancini@hotmail.com>
Mt. Isa, Qld Australia - Friday, August 13, 1999 at 18:58:26 (EDT)
Just looking at different sites on the net to find information on my Scottish heritage.
Juanita Lancini <legslancini@hotmail.com>
Mt. Isa, Qld Australia - Friday, August 13, 1999 at 18:55:27 (EDT)
Looking for informatin on the FILSON Family
ELIEFF, DOUGLAS E. <JO4001@AOL.COM>
Toledo, , OH USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 18:44:23 (EDT)
lOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON FILSON FAMILY NAME
ELIEFF, DOUGLAS E. <JO4001@aol.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 18:41:59 (EDT)
lOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON FILSON FAMILY NAME
ELIEFF, DOUGLAS E. <JO4001@aol.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 18:40:47 (EDT)
lOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON FILSON FAMILY NAME
ELIEFF, DOUGLAS E.
USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 18:33:25 (EDT)
My grandparents, David Douglas Menzies and Allison Thomson (Kirk) Menzies were married Nov 14/1892 at the Parish of Ronaldsay & Burray, Orkney. Have started trying to trace my family tree, but cannot locate their place of birth. They moved to mainland after being married, but stayed in the Caithness area. My gandfather was a school master. Would like to find out more about my heritage.
Jim Menzies <rcpruef@wincom.net>
Windsor, On Canada - Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 00:43:52 (EDT)
I looked for HALKIRK, CAITHNESS on Alta Vista and ran across SWANSON. Barbara Bruce Swanson married, on Jun 04 1909,David Hunter at Brubster, Parish of Reay, Caithness. He was the cousin of my grandmother, Elizabeth Stephenson Hunter Cole. The Hunters originated from Kirkmichael Parish, Dumfrieswhere her grandfather, John Hunter was born on 25 Oct 1805. He was a shepherd. He resided in Sutherland and Caithness, finishing his days at Braemore near Dunbeath. His eldest son, John Hunter, moved to Coll, Stornoway where he married Margaret Stephenson on 31 May 1855. Besides, there were Elizabeth, Walter, James, Janet(mother of David above), William and Agnes. Your site is very impressive. I hope to find some Hunters.
COLE, thomas james stephenson <dicole@istar.ca>
ottawa, ontario canada - Sunday, August 08, 1999 at 16:56:02 (EDT)
A great site! I have been successful in obtaining information on an Alexander Manson married to a Jean Waters that are my ancestors that cane to Nova Scotia Canada. Thanks
Winn Campbell <bertwin@istar.ca>
NS Canada - Saturday, August 07, 1999 at 23:17:45 (EDT)
I'm a descendant of James Inkster who was born in 1804 in Orphir parish, Mainland, OKI. In the 1820's, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company as a blacksmith and came to Canada. He joined his brother John, who had settled in the Red River Settlement several years earlier. I would enjoy hearing from anyone researching the Inksters.
Connie Jones <cmjones@cadvision.com>
Calgary, AB Canada - Friday, August 06, 1999 at 18:16:13 (EDT)
I am thrilled with all of the great sights to search for Orkney ancestors. Thanks for all the help.
K. Jean (Rendall) Rosencrants <kjean@isgroup.net>
Lake City, FL USA - Thursday, August 05, 1999 at 21:03:52 (EDT)
Thank you for posting the family tree. My father was William Wallace Weatherston from Delray Beach, FL.
Susan (Weatherston) Harvey <jmh145@aol.com>
Pearland, TX USA - Thursday, August 05, 1999 at 16:24:13 (EDT)
Interesting web page. Hope to use it more often to research the Groat family tree.
Kerry Underwood (Groat) <d3290pn1@ozemail.com.au>
Tweed Heads, NSW Australia - Tuesday, August 03, 1999 at 22:22:11 (EDT)
I've already signed in. Just came back again to see if there were any responces to my initial inquiry. Nope. Other spellings of my surname have been Ritch and Ritchie. Our family is from the Isla of Hoy. I feel that you are doing a very admirable job. Keep up the good work. Also, I am trying to buy the book entitled 'Hoy, the Dark Enchanted Island'. Can anyone put me on to a bookstore in Scotland that has an E-mail address?
Mel Rich <MRich10000@AOL.com>
Mesa, Az USA - Tuesday, August 03, 1999 at 16:24:45 (EDT)
I am a decendant of John Slater, who joined the Hudson's Bay Co. John Slater came from Orphire Parish, Mainland, Orkney Is. I would enjoy hearing from anyone researching the Slater family.
Robert B. Ewalt <rewalt@cooscurryelectric.com>
Port Ortford, OR USA - Sunday, August 01, 1999 at 19:27:57 (EDT)
ITERESTING READING,HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT ADAMSONS FROM THE CENTRAL REGION OF SCOTLAND THANK YOU DAVID GRAHAM ADAMSON
GRAHAM ADAMSON <GRAHAM@TELINCO.CO.UK>
- Sunday, August 01, 1999 at 16:25:43 (EDT)
I will be back Thanks
Wendy Berry (Rendall) <tofethrs@wcl.on.ca>
Holstein, On Canada - Sunday, August 01, 1999 at 08:17:07 (EDT)
I want to know if we are related
Evan Cursiter <fuct24_7@hotmail.com>
Edmonton, ab CAN - Sunday, August 01, 1999 at 03:38:15 (EDT)
I love visiting your site.Please keep up the great work.Thanks. I'm seeking desendants of Jemima FOULIS married Thomas WALLS in Kirkwall in 1856.Jemima was a sister to my gt.grandfather,Capt.James C. FOULIS who migrated to Adelaide,Australia.Jemima and Thomas had about 11 chn most reached adulthood. I'd love to hear from any descendants. Janette
Janette THOMSON <janmax@vds.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 03:02:02 (EDT)
Looking for descendants ofChalmers of Runthall Stronsay.
Joyce Stevens <fjstevens@peninsula.hotkey.net.au>
Somerville, Vic Australia - Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 21:15:59 (EDT)
I am working on a history of three Winnipeg neighbourhoods. Many of the earliest settlers were Orkneymen in the service of the HBC. I would be interested to hear from anyone with information or family connections with Winnipeg.
Ardythe Basham <basham2@compuserve.com>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 17:37:07 (EDT)
Excellent resource this site! I am trying to find out more about my GreatGrandmother's family. Father was Magnus ROBERTSON, he came to NZ in 1874 with his brother(?) Thomas J. from Sandness, Shetland Is. Mother was (probably) Mary TWATT who came to NZ in 1871 with her brother(?) James. My GGma was Mary ROBERTSON born 22 March 1883, apparently in "the old country" and brought out to NZ and adopted. I don't have a birth certificate for Mary jnr. and assume that she was 'adopted' within her own family. Any ideas of help would be gratefully received. Regards Dinah
Dinah Dunavan <dunavans@hotmail.com>
Dunedin, New Zealand - Sunday, July 25, 1999 at 21:49:35 (EDT)
WONDERFUL SITE! I'LL DEFINATELY BE BACK. I'M LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE SHEARERS, OMONDS AND ROUSAYS FROM EDAY AND MILLERS FROM STRONSAY.
RHONDA ANN ROUSAY HUTTON
RIVERTON, UT USA - Sunday, July 25, 1999 at 20:18:54 (EDT)
This is a wonderful site - thankyou! My grandmother's father, Thomas Seatter, came from Stromness, Orkney to Australia in the 1880s and I am just starting to research his family. This site is an immense help!
Jane Van Balen <vanbalen@interact.net.au>
Queanbeyan, NSW Australia - Sunday, July 25, 1999 at 18:45:32 (EDT)
Thanks to you Walt I've found nearly all the Croy relatives in Orkney and even visited them!. On the day I was leaving Cleat (A Farm) my dad cousin handed me a picture and said, "These are the New Zealand Croys. my mother used to write them!" So now I am on a new track Any New Zealand Croys out there? I got pictures of your gggrand mother and more!
Moira Croy <Moira.F.Croy@Intel.com>
Mtn. View, USA - Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 23:18:05 (EDT)
RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY
CHERYL HARRISON <GERKNGL61@AOL.COM>
W-BARRE, PA. USA - Friday, July 23, 1999 at 15:14:13 (EDT)
Very, very good site. Thank you.
MEL RICH <MRich10000@AOL.com>
Mesa, Az USA - Thursday, July 22, 1999 at 18:54:29 (EDT)
My ancestors (Rich) are from The Isle of Hoy. My ancestors (Thomson are from the Isle of Stromness.
MEL RICH <MRich10000@AOL.com>
USA - Thursday, July 22, 1999 at 18:34:15 (EDT)
An interesting site. My husband's family is from Orkneys. This includes the Drevers, Sinclairs, Cousties. Perhaps Andrew Flett will get in touch as he is looking for imfo on the Coustie family and we may have some. I myself am looking for any information on the Robertsons, or Frews, or Grays. My great grandfather was a mine manager, name William F. Frew. He was married to Margaret MacDonald.
Catherine Elizabeth Drever <Cathy.Drever@gems2.gov.bc.ca>
Victoria, BC Canada - Monday, July 19, 1999 at 23:39:08 (EDT)
An interesting site. My husband's family is from Orkneys. This includes the Drevers, Sinclairs, Cousties. Perhaps Andrew Flett will get in touch as he is looking for imfo on the Coustie family and we may have some.
Catherine Elizabeth Drever <Cathy.Drever@gems2.gov.bc.ca>
Victoria, BC Canada - Monday, July 19, 1999 at 23:36:53 (EDT)
I recently found this site I find it very interesting. My great great great grandfather Samuel Robertson was from Stromness Orkney Islands. His father was John Robertson and his mother Magaret Spence. If anyone has any information please e-mail me. I would like it very much.
Jamie Robertson <jmdea@globetrotter.q.ca>
La Tabatiere, Qc. Canada - Monday, July 19, 1999 at 20:00:21 (EDT)
An excellent resource for those of us researching our Orkney Roots
Denis Keldie <keldieds@interlog.com>
Toronto, Canada - Monday, July 19, 1999 at 02:07:41 (EDT)
Researching family history
P.D.H.Oswald <pdho@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 17:01:02 (EDT)
My Mother's Father came from Bunclody,South Ireland in 1880 or there about .from Wexford county.He was an O'NEILL.My Grandmother's maiden name was Helen or Ellen McKenna.Any assistancewill be greatly appreciated.Marilyn
Marilyn Joan( Lucas) Thompson <ttmt@sprint.ca>
Kitchener, ON CANADA - Friday, July 16, 1999 at 11:50:29 (EDT)
My Dad's Mother was a Craig or early spelling after the census takers changed it.(CRAIGGIE)
Thomas A E Thompson <ttmt@sprint.ca>
Kitchener, ON CANADA - Friday, July 16, 1999 at 11:37:09 (EDT)
I am looking for my Grandmother. Her maiden name was Merrium McHugh, and she is from Johnstown, PA (I think) Susan
Susan Hodge <susan@pmcdirectmail.com>
Bellevue, KY USA - Wednesday, July 14, 1999 at 20:43:16 (EDT)
Of Reynella, South Australia Book, Burghers o' Westray pub. 1992
Jeff Burgher <jburgher@senet.com.au>
Australia - Wednesday, July 14, 1999 at 02:33:49 (EDT)
Looking for Ann Linklater's relatives. My grandmother.
Helen Horrie Eddins <Salmgreen@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at 19:23:29 (EDT)
Any information on the Sutherland family from Flotta would be welcomed, particularly related to Henry (Harry) Sutherland, born in 1793, who went to live in Graemsay about 1830. Also about Osla Ballantyne his mother about whom I have not been able to find anything except the births of her children.
Laurence Sutherland <l.sutherland@napier.ac.uk>
Edinburgh, UK - Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at 12:43:42 (EDT)
Just getting started and enjoyed reading your material. My great grandparents were David and Betsy Isbister (nee Kirkness) of Harray, Orkney Islands who were married on March 12, 1857 at Harray. They had seven children and your research has confirmed them to be John Isbister (B: 21Jun1863), (believed to have settled in Vancouver), James Smith Isbister (B: 23Oct1864)(believed to have emigrated to Australia or New Zealand, Helen Isabella Spence Isbister (B: 24Aug1866), Thomas Harray Isbister (B:26Sept1868), David Wood Isbister (B: 23Sept1869) and twins Mary Ann Isbister and my paternal granfather Robert Harvey Isbister (B: 27Nov1871), Robert emigrated to Ontario around 1900, was a great lakes sailor and lived in Wiarton, Ont. dying in 1953. While in Canada his name appears to have been changed to Isbester through error. I am interested in tracing David and Betsy Isbester of Harray back further however have no further identifying data such as dates of birth, parents names, etc. verify my search. If anyone has any info. and can help me same would be appreciated. Thanks. Wayne D. ISBESTER, 18-1990 Wavell Street, London, ON, N5V 4N5 FAX 519-457-2624 or E-mail: ots@ionline.net
Wayne Isbester <ots@ionline.net>
London, ON Canada - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 19:38:27 (EDT)
Hercus
Nigel Fairley <NigelFairley@compuserve.com>
UK - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 04:54:04 (EDT)
I will be visiting Orkney on the 14th July 1999 to trace my family tree. My Grandfather was born in St. Margarets Hope and my fathers name was Robert Goodall Rosie Chambers. My Great Grandfather changed from Chalmers to Chambers but I do not know when. I will be staying at the Murray Arms Hotel, St. Margarets Hope for 1 Week from the 14/7/99. Thanks
Derek Chambers <xbn39@dial.pipex.com>
Glasgow, Scotland - Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 12:50:54 (EDT)
Searching for info on the following surnames from the Orkneys: DICKSON, WARD, WEIR
Jackie <jackiem@citytv.com>
Toronto, Canada - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 15:42:36 (EDT)
looking for info on (2) or more brothers migrating to USA in mid to late 1800's, changing the spelling of their last name to "MURIE"
George Randall Murie <randymurie@hotmail.com>
Riverside, Ca USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 01:11:59 (EDT)
P.William Shepherd From Essex Co Va. Grantee 1762 Cumberland William P.Shepherd b1775 d.1841 Kanawha Co.Va. William Drury Shepherd b1772 Nelson Co.Va.md.1805 Albemarle William P. Shepherd son of Drury b1808.. Nelson Co.Va.
Charles W. Shepherd <cwshepherd@mindspring.com>
Murfreesboro, Tn. USA - Wednesday, July 07, 1999 at 21:31:26 (EDT)
family-father-james eunson
elizabeth kean ne eunson <ekean@telusplanet.net>
medicine hat, ab canada - Wednesday, July 07, 1999 at 03:05:40 (EDT)
Maybe some names will help.....My grandfather was George Murray Scott.Not sure when he came to Australia but the family landtitle was "Glencoe".He died about thirteen yrs ago aged 87.
Jodie Scott <jodie@cobram.net.au>
vic, australia - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 07:11:49 (EDT)
Just starting looking for the Scotts....
Jodie Maree Scott <jodie@cobram.net.au>
Cobram, vic Austalia - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 07:02:57 (EDT)
My father was Peter Corsie from Rousay. I have a cousin Jackie Corsie at Brier Lea, Orphir on the main island also Leonard Corsie ex policeman in Kirkwall as well as several others cousins I believe. Would appreciate hearing from somemone.
Maggie (Corsie) Cooper <maggiec@aloha.net>
Honolulu, Hi. USA - Monday, July 05, 1999 at 16:21:28 (EDT)
My father was Peter Corsie from Rousay. I have a cousin Jackie Corsie at Brier Lea, Orphir on the main island also Leonard Corsie ex policeman in Kirkwall as well as several others cousins I believe. Would appreciate hearing from somemone.
Maggie (Corsie) Cooper <maggiec@aloha.net>
Honolulu, Hi. USA - Monday, July 05, 1999 at 16:19:14 (EDT)
I am researching the Armstrong branch of our family particularly James Armstrong b 1800 M Jane Pringle b 1804 I'm hoping I will find some clues here. Thank you Kaye
K. Dorling <Dorlingk@sympac.com.au>
Gippsland, Vic Australia - Monday, July 05, 1999 at 08:29:35 (EDT)
Interesting WEB Page
Frank Ferry <ferryfrank@msn.com>
Mukilteo, WA USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 22:42:05 (EDT)
I'm looking for any infomation on the name of Coustie or Costie , which version I'm unsure My great-grandmother (maiden name Costie or Coustie) married a Bertram who worked for the orkney shipping company and was a freemason. They had five sons one of which was my grandfather William Bertram He married Mable (i think) Flett. Any infomation on family contentions to Flett , Costie or Coustie and Bertram would be gratefully received links to
Andrew Flett Bertram <bertraa@uk.ibm.com>
uk - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 20:12:57 (EDT)
My interests are the family of JAMES and MARGARET DEARNESS (nee GARRICK)of the Orkneys both born I believe in 1833 and married in November, 1857. Their children: Jane, James, John, Joan, Mary, Peter, Robert, Isabella and Edward. Would love to hear from anyone with connections.
Jan Shaw <jbx@nex.net.au>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 08:56:26 (EDT)
My interests are the family of James and Margaret Dearness (nee Garrick) both born I believe in 1833 and married in November, 1857. Their children: Jane, James, John, Joan, Mary, Peter, Robert, Isabella and Edward. Would love to hear from anyone with connections.
Jan Shaw <jbx@nex.net.au>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 08:40:11 (EDT)
Its a great site, I am looking for anyone in Birsay,Orkney that may be descended from Nicol Spence & Margaret Harvey their son James came to Canada during 1700s with the Hudsons Bay Co. have lots of info on this side of the ocean but would like to find some descendants over in Orkney. from Nancy Spence
Nancy Spence <n.spence@sk.sympatico.ca>
Saskatoon, Sk. Canada - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 21:57:18 (EDT)
Thanks for your generosity in sharing the Orkney data. My interest is 'Wishart'--George (B. 1783 in Stromness) and wife, Catherine Hourston (M. 1831 in Sandwick). My grandfather, John Wishart is from this line. I'm working forward and backward re: this family. Betty
Betty S. Mortland <BettyM2735@juno.com>
East Lansing, MI USA - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 21:54:04 (EDT)
My name is Tim Mazzoletti my birth name Wishart. My father John Patrick Wishart was killed in a shark attack at Portsea, Victoria on 4 march 1956. His father, James Michael was born on 4/7/1896 probably in Victoria Australia. He served in the army in ww1 and was wounded in action in France. My great grandfather John Mcmurbie Wishart was born at Williamstown, Victoria on 7/4/1867. (someone in the family says that the middle name is Mc Murtchie but the printout I have seen from the Victorian Registry Office has it as McMurbie.) His father, John was born at Forfar, Scotland on 13/1/1828. He married Hellen (Ellen??)McMenemy at Footscray, Victoria on 8/1/1860. They had the following children: Catherine 1874 Charles Alexander 1870 Emma Glanville 1872 Helen Jane 1865 James Cornelius 1863 My grandfather's siblings were: Margaret Mary (Rita) Arthur Leo (Joe) Mary Kathleen (Min) John Francis My great great grandfather is said to have discovered the site of the town of Port Fairy in Victoria in 1827 while sheltering from a storm at sea. He was a ships master {Fairy}(a sealer or whaler or maybe both) He married Jean Milne at Forfar, Scotland on 5/2/1826. Perhaps this a part of the family in which you have an interest or some knowledge or record. I have some further information about my immediate ancestors, but being new to this sort of research have relied to date pretty much on what others have done. If you want the other stuff I have, or have anything that I might find interesting please email me. My snail mail address is 70 Gilruth Road, Kenmore, Queensland, 4069, Australia
Tim Mazzoletti <timmazz@ozemail.com.au>
Kenmore, Qld Australia - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 04:46:08 (EDT)
Researching the Logie name, from Westray in Orkney. Thanks for the very helpful Birth index. Could I request a Marriage index be set up for Logie? Thanks
Don Logie <Don_Logie@bc.sympatico.ca>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 22:51:42 (EDT)
Descendant 5 bros. em. from Ulster circa 1690. prior from either Stronsay, Shapinsay. unverified.
James N. Work <JWork 2 @compuserve. Com>
Palmdale, Ca. USA - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 18:25:49 (EDT)
Looking for FLATTS/FLETT,,,,,,,,,, the website is wwonderful,,,,,,, ROBERT FLATT (1799-1848) b.19 NOV.KIRKWALL,ORKNEY ISLES -came to ONT,CANADA WED.6 OCT.1819 SAT.16 OCT.1819 m. in ORKNEY,MARY BAKER (1800-1888) -son of JOHN FLETT and MARGARET SHEARER.... anyone that can help with this FLATT please e-mail at priceace@ionsys.com Thanks very kindly, Pat
Pat Price Flatt <priceace@ionsys.com>
DUNNVILLE, CANADA - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 11:46:42 (EDT)
Just recently found you site.Great!1 My gggrandparents, Peter Stickler and Mary Meadows emigrated to Ontarioin the early 1800s. I would like to hear from any other Stickler's/ Meadows. Am also trying to find Isobel Huntow who was married to John Stickler.The Isobel Huntow d/o of Oliver is not the right time frame. Any ideas?
Rowena Stickler <dh659@freenet.carleton.ca>
Ottawa, On Can - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 23:37:59 (EDT)
Family legend says we originally came from Orkney. My g-grandfather was John General Laughton born in Gray St. Bromley and Bow in the East End of London in 1856. It is said that he was married to Sarah Madden. John General's parents were John Laughton and Eliza Wade. I have no wrtten evidence of Sarah but Eliza and John's name are on John General's birth certificate. If anyone has any evidence of these people perhaps they willcontact me. Walt, thanks for the site, a tremendous achievement. Barry Laughton.
Barry Laughton <barrylaughton@purplenet.co.uk>
Fakenham, UK UK - Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 02:06:40 (EDT)
Have sure enjoyed your site. I have looked through it before but can never make a connection with my husbands family. Searching for some information on a George Alexander Sutherland. He came to Canada in around April 21 of 1881 from Caithness Shire Scotland. He was working for the Hudson's Bay Co.in 1891, from what I can gather. Noticed you didn't have any info about the Sutherlands in Caithness Shire, especially around Remiggie Lybster or Leodibest. Have bookmarked your site for futher use. If you find anything on These Sutherland could you please let me know. Thank you. S.Terris
Shirley Terris <dsterris@telusplanet.net>
Hinton, AB Canada - Friday, June 25, 1999 at 21:11:52 (EDT)
Looking for Foubisters/Eunson in the Orkneys.
Jen Agar <billjen@mail.ocis.net>
Kamloops, BC Canada - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 11:38:24 (EDT)
Interested in Hay from Flotta.
David Hay <drhay@telusplanet.net>
Lethbridge, AAb Canada - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 11:08:59 (EDT)
Looking for Harcus ancestors. My great grandfather was George Harcus who migrated to Canada
Kathleen Wells <clayton@sunline.net>
Englewood, FL USA - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 09:04:40 (EDT)
I am doing research on the Orkney surname. According to family legend there was a shipwreck on the Orkney Islands and boy survivor. Thus the family name started.
Betty Wintersteen <bawwyn@webtv.net>
Ipswich, MA USA - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 08:30:40 (EDT)
How marvellous to discover your site. Keep up the good work. Kind Regards, Wendy
Wendy Mowat <wendoick@netzero.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at 17:14:22 (EDT)
I sincerely enjoyed the visit to yoursite.I should have visited earlier as,I am researching my mothers'family of STEVENSON,& have possibly located THE PLACE.. Thank You Again..............David L AUSTIN SLACK
David L AUSTIN SLACKI <david-fredia@digitex.net>
Whitney, TX USA - Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at 09:43:52 (EDT)
Related to Swanney's of Shapinsay through marriage of Elizabeth Swanney, daughter of Thomas Slater Swanney of Eday and Shapinsay, to Walter Paterson Speirs of Broxbourne near Edinburgh. I have family documents relating to children of Thomas Slater Swanney and Elizabeth Irvine.
Richard Speirs <R.W.S.S@tesco.net>
Carlisle, UK - Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 17:35:59 (EDT)
I am researching Gerrard family of Kirkwall,surprised not on list of names as there were a great many . Interesting site, I will revisit soon.
Rose-Marie Harrison <gilbert.harrison@cwcom.net>
Leicester, England - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 18:48:09 (EDT)
test
Walt
USA - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 13:17:42 (EDT)
I am just starting a search for my family. My grandfathers name was David Cragie Balfour Louttit of Melita Manitoba Canada. Fathers name George William Louttit. Any help would be appreciated.
George Thomas Louttit <glouttit@fccl.com>
Duncan, B.C. Canada - Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 19:12:37 (EDT)
I am sure that I will find this link useful as well as enlightening.
James D.Swannie <jswannie@hotmail.com>
Venice, FFL USA - Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 22:32:34 (EDT)
Looking for TOULSTER/TOLSTER surnames in areas of Stromness and also in Glasgow area
Kay Toulster Weber <yakrd@earthlink.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 18:52:34 (EDT)
Having just spent the last year living in Scotland it is really neat to meet and hear about your relatives adn ancestors.
Martha Garriock <mgarriock@hotmail.com>
West Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 17:25:30 (EDT)
I'm trying to find out some information to fill in the gaps left by relatives in the past. There are some very interesting secrets held within these pages...!
Ewan McIntosh <ewan.mcintosh@scotland.com>
Edinburgh, Scotland - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 11:03:43 (EDT)
Very interesting. I plan to visit this site often!
Carol Moyer <dakotamum@yahoo.com>
Colome, SD USA - Monday, June 14, 1999 at 21:49:25 (EDT)
Any help available on Laughtons who emigrated 1800-1820 or so to either US or Canada?
Gerg Laughton <glaughton@niagarac.on.ca>
Fonthill, ON CANADA - Monday, June 14, 1999 at 21:42:44 (EDT)
Any help available on Laughtons who emigrated 1800-1820 or so to either US or Canada?
Gerg Laughton <glaughton@niagarac.on.ca>
Fonthill, ON CANADA - Monday, June 14, 1999 at 21:19:21 (EDT)
Enjoyed my visit. Thank you for all the information.
barbara calder <belechere@rcn.com>
lovettsville, va USA - Monday, June 14, 1999 at 20:28:43 (EDT)
We are researching the Traill family
Judy Traill <traill@effect.net.au>
Canberra, ACT Australia - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 23:37:35 (EDT)
Just an add on message to my daugter's one before. This is a fabulous site, but why is there no sperate reference to the Stove family? With the information we have gathered so far the Stove's have a very strong presence in the Orkneys. Is it possible to have the Stoves sectioned off as are other names? Maybe because there are so many of us do we have our own website? (hehehe) :)
Tony Stove <morgana74@bigpond.com>
Melbourne, VIC Australia - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 07:38:30 (EDT)
My father and I are eagerly pursuing any information regarding the STOVE family from Deerness in the Orkney Islands. If anyone can give us a hand we would be most greatful.
Kate Stove <morgana74@bigpond.com>
Melbourne, VIC Australia - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 07:19:01 (EDT)
qwert
stephen ward <trst@bigpond.com.au>
Australia - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 22:49:14 (EDT)
Lost where am I
Muriel Rendall
brampton, oOnt Canada - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 22:01:02 (EDT)
A great site.Keep up the wonderful effort. A query about JOHN GROUNDWATER born Kirkwall,1849. My gt.grandmother,Barbara Elizt.GROUNDWATER,(b.1845) had 2 brothers..Edward,(b. 1847) and John,(b.1849) Their parents were Robt.Patterson G/W and Anne MUIR. Robert,a watchmaker/jeweller in Kirkwall died young and Anne then married Donald Morgan who took over the business in Kirkwall. Barb and Edward both with their spouses and families mig. to Australia,in 1884 and late 1870's resp. John was informant on his mother's death certificate in 1881 in Kirkwall but what became of him afterwards ? Did he marry and have any descendants ? One rumour says he migrated to USA but this could have been his uncle John G/W . Any help appreciated. Thankyou, Janette Thomson
Janette THOMSON <janmax@vds.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic. Australia - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 21:45:12 (EDT)
Super site, We are looking for the parents of John Sutherland who a few days after his birth his name was changed to Magnus Knight Sutherland, born 7 April 1844, died about 1916, married Margaret Laird Wooldrage 12 Nov 1885 at Lurdy, South Ronalsay, they had 7 children. Can and will anyone help us with the above information. Thanks Martin
Martin Mc Ilvena <martinmac@pasco-isp.com>
Zephyrhills, Fl. USA - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 11:23:05 (EDT)
HELLO TO THE ISLANDS OF MY DREAMS
Jim Thomson <thomsoj@mbs.gov.on.ca>
Dundas, Canada - Wednesday, June 09, 1999 at 05:32:35 (EDT)
Fascinating site. I work at Fort Nisqually, a restored Hudson's Bay Fort here in Washington State. According to our records, Willie Young & John Moar were Orcadians, and possibly John McPhail. Anyone have any input on these or others? - Thanks from "the Honourable Company"
Karen Haas <pkhaas@wolfenet.com>
Tacoma, WA USA - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 19:25:53 (EDT)
Walt My mom lives in Fountain Vally and this is one heck of a site!
Dave pottinger <Davepott@aol.com>
Yuma, AZ USA - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 02:28:23 (EDT)
I have just started tracing my folks through the Slaters, Sclaters of Banff, Cullen and Portknockie. And the McIntoshes of wherever. I have no known connection to your site but man have you ever done a lot of work to help others. May you get even more enjoyment out of it than you give.
Peter Kerswell <pkerswel@connect.ab.ca>
St. Albert, AB Canada - Sunday, June 06, 1999 at 15:24:06 (EDT)
Great site, found it useful for my Eunson ancestors Andrew moved from Orkney to Leith. I'm hoping that it may also be useful for Linklater as I have some Linklater ancestors in Leith and wonder if they too came from Orkney
Janette Lloyd <Janette.Lloyd@btinternet.com>
UK - Sunday, June 06, 1999 at 07:17:25 (EDT)
Great website enjoyed my visit here very much. Have put a Link to your site on my Homepage. Will be back again soon very often. Thank you very much for the great work that you are doing. Like to invite you for a visit to my Homepage and we would be very honoured if you take a few minutes out to sign our Guestbook.
Peter J. Fraser-Tibbett <frasbett@spiderweb.com.au>
Cooroy, Qld Australia - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 20:00:36 (EDT)
Looks like a useful site! Born in Shetland, living in Caithness.
Jim Moar <jim.moar@virgin.net>
USA - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 17:11:17 (EDT)
looking forward to this
Michael Traill <mjtjmt@xtra.co.nz>
Auckland, New Zealand - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 17:31:26 (EDT)
Family legend has that Orkney name started from a shipwreck and one survivor - a boy. Interested in seeing if the Orkney surname is listed anywhere
Betty Wintersteen <bawwyn@webtv.net>
Ipswich, MA USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 17:56:55 (EDT)
I am new to the internet and was wondering if there are websites for Glasgow & Penicuik, Scotland. I have just started trying to trace my ancestors. I left Glasgow when I was almost 15 years of age. There is Davie in the family history on my Grandmother's side of the family. Have a good evening. Les Mason
Les Mason <mason@simcoe.net>
Wasaga Beach, ont Canada - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 12:49:56 (EDT)
Very interesting site and obviously a tremendous amount of work done. Thanks for posting all the details.
Dave Murray <mukwaman@ix.netcom.com>
Topeka, KS USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 11:32:52 (EDT)
MacGillivray in Egilsay, and Brown,Archibald in Jedburgh.
Jean Cummins <jcummins@hughes.net>
Palmdale, CA USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 03:01:38 (EDT)
I am coming to Orkney in September 1999 and am researching my family name.
Tom Clouston <clouhall@pcug.org.au>
Wamboin, NSW Australia - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 02:32:19 (EDT)
My mother was a 'Wishart' as were my grandparents, descendents of George Wishart and Catherine Houston from the Orkney IS. We are cruising the British Isles for two weeks in Aug. and will be in Kirkwall one day. I am researching my families and am anxious to see the Orkneys. Mom always had an article on George Wishart's death for heresy, saying that we were related. I have not proved or disproved this.
Betty Sorenson Mortland <BettyM2735@juno.com>
East Lansing, MI USA - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 20:36:24 (EDT)
Sometime since I have signed in and am enjoying another visit JNM
John MOXNESS <John_MOXNESS@bc.sympatico.ca>
Kelowna, BC Canada - Monday, May 31, 1999 at 22:13:47 (EDT)
Help Me!!!!
Bruce D. Allan <bdallan@gte.net>
New Port Richey, FL USA - Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 23:47:09 (EDT)
LOOKING FOR SIBLINGS OF JOHN RENDALL LESLIE BORN 1843 WESTRAY.SON OF WILLIAM LESLIE&ANN RENDALL.GEORGE,WILLIAM,JAMES BROTCHIE,ANN,JANE.
STEVE LESLIE <steveleslie@juno.com>
UDALL, KS USA - Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 03:59:27 (EDT)
This is a very long shot, but I am stuck in London and wondered if anyone had any information on my Isbister ancestor. According to Catherine Isbister's death certificate in Australia 1856, she was born in London about 1800. Catherine married a Joseph Charles Pe(ar)nman in London in 1822. Catherine's father is given on her death certificate as John a shoemaker. Catherine had a sister Sarah who was also married in London about the same time. Extensive searches both on the IGI and London parish records have failed to find any birth of Catherine Isibister. I imagine it is possible that the family left the Shetland Island well before 1800 which would make it impossible to trace them. Any comments would be gratefully appreciated.
Ann Caroe <caroeco@vic.bigpond.net.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 01:33:23 (EDT)
granddaughter of William Raymond Thomas Wallace, Mackinaw City, Michigan. We will see if it connects.
Millicent Maglothin <denmill@racc2000.com>
Oden, MI USA - Friday, May 28, 1999 at 23:30:11 (EDT)
I am trying to trace more of my Muir, Donaldson, and Eunson roots on Orkney. My mother was Isabel Robina Eunson Hamlett, nee Muir of Kirkwall and later Edinburgh. Her sister, Marjorie muir, who never married, presently resides in Edinburgh. My grandfather was James Towrie Muir of Sanday. His father was also James (as were so many other Muirs. I do not know my GGrandmother Muir's name. My grandfather had two brothers that I know of, Jock and Bob, and a sister Lily. Lily married Bob Hay of Sanday and they settled at Kettletoft on Sanday. That is what I know of my Muir relatives. I would appreciate any information which any of you may have. My maternal grandmother was Isabella Tomlinson Muir, nee Donaldson. She was born in 1886 at Vedder, Tankerness. Her parents were John Donaldson and ? Eunson. (Don't know my GGrandmother's first name.) My Grandmother was the youngest of her family. She had three brothers, Jimmie and Johnnie who were twins, and Willie. Jimmie married Mary Ann Cooperof Cott of Holland, Tankerness, in Jan. 1911. They had two children that I know of, Maisie and Sara. Johnnie married Agnes Wilson of Kirkwall and moved to Canada. Willie married Maggie Eunson of Grimster. They had three children that I know of, Billy, Minnie, and George. My Grandmother also had three sisters, Barbara the oldest, Sarah and Maggie. Barbara married Robert Eunson of Grimster in Dec of 1896. They and five children I believe, Daisy, Nannie, Bobbie, Andrew and a child unknown to me. Sarah married Peter Brass in 1895 and had nine children according to my records but I know none of the names. Maggie married Willie Bews of Swartabreck in 1904 and they had 7? children: William, Jim, John, Bella David Robert Heddle, and a child unknown. That is my Grandmother's family. My GGrandfather, John Donaldson was the son of Wemyss Bakie Donaldson and Mary Eunson. In addition to my GGrandfather, who was the oldest, Wemyss and Mary had five children. Mary who married Samuel Petrie, Maggie, Jessie, Robbie who married Betsy Budge and Johnnie who married Betsy's sister Maggie. Weymss was the youngest child of John Donaldson and Isabel Peace. He had 3 brothers, John, c. 8 Jan, 1812; James Bakie c. 11 Jan, 1815; and Thomas, c. 8 June, 1817; and one sister, Margaret, c. 7 January 1820. Wemyss' wife, Mary, from what I can decipher, was the middle child of James Eunson and Annie Dishan. Mary's older brother James was born 19, Aug. 1820. Her younger sister Jessie, was born 11 August, 1823. That is as far as I have been able to trace back through the Donaldsons. My GGrandfather's wife, ? Eunson was the daughter of William Eunson and ? Miller. My GGrandmother had four brothers, James who had no children; William who married Isabella Tomlinson (I believe they had no children); David who moved to Adelaide, Australia (he married and I believe Bella was his youngest); and Johnnie. My GGGrandfather, William was the son of ? Eunson and Kirsty (Christine) Allan. My GGGrandmother, ? Miller was the daughter of John Miller and Sally Scott, both of Stronsay. My GGGrandmother's parents and her brothers all moved to Australia. I put this out for anyone's use and to welcome any information about the blanks and ? in my family tree. I would also like to thank Mr. Cursiter for starting and maintaining this website. Happy hunting!
Jeffrey Muir Hamlett <jhamlett@araijackson.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, May 28, 1999 at 15:29:55 (EDT)
I am researching the Bybee family and would appreciate any help.
Robert G. Bybee <robertbybee@webtv.net>
Redmond, Or. USA - Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 00:55:12 (EDT)
Interested to see if my ancestors originally came from Orkney Islands. According to family tale - boy survivor of shipwreck on Orkney Islands. Given surname of Orkney. Grandfather - Frederick of Montrose, born 1883, migrated o Boston, MA
Betty Wintersteen <bawwyn@webtv.net>
Ipswich, MA USA - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 22:00:21 (EDT)
Looking for any other Stockans throughout the world
Mark Stockan <mark.stockan@kongsbergsimrad.com>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 11:50:12 (EDT)
Looking for any other Stockans throughout the world.
Mark Stockan <mark.stockan@kongsbergsimrad.com>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 11:48:25 (EDT)
Nice site, nice idea, nice biscuit.
Mark Stockan <mark.stockan@kongsbergsimrad.com>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 11:46:50 (EDT)
Maternal grandfather = James Ballantyne ex Orkney
Margaret Easthope <ronmarg@paradisenet.co.nz>
Wellington, New Zealand - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 04:46:48 (EDT)
Do you have an email address where I can send information?
William Ross Frisken <frisken@yorku.ca>
Toronto, Canada - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 17:26:24 (EDT)
I am searching for Croy and Shearer origins. My grandparents came to Vancouver, B.C. from Orkney in 1907. Thomas Croy came from the Kirbester Farm, Stonsay and Elizabeth Mary Shearer line I believe is through the Fletts of Airy.
Gail Looijen ( Croy) <looijen@cadvision.com>
Calgary, AB Canada - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 01:47:25 (EDT)
Researching MODE surname, mainly in Western North Carolina. Would like to hear from others who may be related to this group of MODEs. Would like to know more about the origin of the surname, what it means, etc. Has anyone else encountered Cherokee ancestry associated with the MODEs? My great great grandmother was Mary Jane Mode? who was supposed to be full blooded Cherokee. She had a son, John Thomas Mode, who either took her name or his fathers name. Not sure if he was born out of wedlock. She was born ca. 1848 and he was born in 1867, both likely born in Western NC. Any information will be appreciated
Joe Mode <risstaff@ris-corp.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 12:29:59 (EDT)
Thanks Walt. Through a chance browse of your site last year, with thanks to Bevan Bennett in Melbourne,located hundreds (!) of Frisken relatives about whom I had previously known nothing. My ggGrandmother was Isabella Frisken b.1812, one of the older daughters of George and Agnes Frisken (m.1808)who shifted north from Berwickshire and farmed on Shapinsay.Astonished to find we appear to be connected to a good proportion of current Orcadians.
Jennifer Loughton
New Zealand - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 06:01:57 (EDT)
Thanks Walt. Through a chance browse of your site last year, with thanks to Bevan Bennett in Melbourne,located hundreds (!) of Frisken relatives about whom I had previously known nothing. My ggGrandmother was Isabella Frisken b.1812, one of the older daughters of George and Agnes Frisken (m.1808)who shifted north from Berwickshire and farmed on Shapinsay.Astonished to find we appear to be connected to a good proportion of current Orcadians.
Jennifer Loughton
USA - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 06:00:22 (EDT)
Hullo there, I am researching my maiden name of FRISKEN and would like to hear from anyone of that name. Enjoy reading the queries on your site, what a great idea!!.
Marise Morrison <granma@wave.co.nz>
New Zealand - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 04:44:36 (EDT)
I think my first comments went astray. I very new at this but happy to see this site. I'm researching my Harrold ancestors. The only info I am sure of is Samuel Harrold, Jr., who lived at 21 Catherine Place, Kirkwall, in the 1870's, 1880's. I'd love to hear from anyone with any comments. Thanks.
Patricia L. Maddock <patree@gateway.net>
Lake George, NY USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:18:23 (EDT)
I would like to thank you for making this webpage. I am 14 years old and am very interested in learning about my own heritage. My uncle Gordon Shearer has researched the Orkney family back to William Orkney from the 1700's. Thanks again for making this site!
Evan William Shearer <ELax21@aol.com>
Durham, NC USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 16:46:41 (EDT)
my family was originally from Sanday but my grandfather lived for a while in deerness on the main island before travelling with his two brothers to NZ in the early 1900's. His name was John Muir,m his brothers were Jim, and William (Bill). They came to NZ with their mothers people who were Howrie's. I would love to contact any other Muirs that we may be linked to.
John C Muir <johnmuir@xtra.co.nz>
Wellington, New Zealand - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 03:15:28 (EDT)
Looking for the parents of my mother in law Elizabeth Jessie Sutherland from South Ronaldsay,She Married William Duncan,early 1926 in Burray or South Ronaldsay and moved to Canada the same year, can anyone help? Martin
Martin Mc Ilvena <martinmac@pasco-isp.com>
Zephyrhills, FL USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 01:24:23 (EDT)
Looking for any trace of the family name in Scotland history
Donald Winyall
Clifton Park, NY USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 01:22:25 (EDT)
I was so excited to find your site. Have gone two generations further on my family tree for a couple of relatives and now have names of brothers and sisters. Relatives came from Orkney Islands to work in Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company. Thank you. Seeking relatives of James Anderson born 10 Feb 1775 in Firth and Stenness son of Hary and Katherine Corrigal Corrigle.
Leta Nardiello <leta@escape.ca>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - 
I have followed your page development for sometime now. I will add my bit to the family line as I have been able to find out. My connection is from John Corrigal of Harray. He had (?)4 sons; John, Peter, Jacob & James. These 4 emigrated to the Red River Settlement around 1800 - 1810. I belive that John was the HBC Factor until ~1840. James (born 1795, Orkney)is my great-great-grandfather. He married Catherine Flett, the daughter of William Flett, of Harray, Orkney at Red River and Betsy, a Cree woman. Catherine is recorded in the "Book of the First Metis Nation". James and Catherine had 15 children, one of whom was Henry Corrigal. He had 10 Children, one of who was Lovern (Barney) Corrigal, whom had 6 children, one of whom was Ken Corrigal, my father. I have not been able to trace further the family back from John Corrigal, in the islands. Any help or suggestions would be helpful. The first recorded Corrigal in the Orkney Islands was Magnus Corrigal, 1489. It appears that the original Norse spelling was "Kaarijdel", comprised of two parts; "Kaari" a man's first name and pronouced "Korey" and "jdel" meaning ravine, pronounced "gill". This is consistant with Norwegian Norse surnames taken from places. That's all for now. See you again
Don Corrigal <dcorriga@wkpowerlink.com>
Cranbrook, BC Canada - 
Jean Groundwater Vesely born 5/2/1940 Cook County, Chicago, IL Father: William Groundwater Mother: Blanche McGillivray William Groundwater born 10/20/1911 Cook County, Chicago, IL Father: James Groundwater Mother: Hattie Fritsch James Groundwater born Jan 24, 1886 Scotland Father: Andrew Groundwater Mother: Mary ? the Newberry Library in Chicago. www.newberry.org for listings in the City Directories which were published until about 1928. The 1928-29 City Directory lists an Andrew Groundwater "lab" at 6202 Lincoln. Also an Andrew listed in an earlier directory...perhaps 1913 same address w/ occupation listed as clerk=NYCRR. Andrew GROUNDWATER (M)................ B: 6 Dec 1855 Ba: C110231 Father: Andrew GROUNDWATER Orphir, Orkney, Scotland So: 6035516 REGISTER Mother: Isabella THOMISON This is as far back as I can go. Any suggestions as to what to do next?? vesely@home.com
Jean Vesely <vesely@home.com>
Mercer Island, WA USA - 
Note address change
Jean Vesely <vesely@home.com>
Mercer Island, WA USA - 
I was born in Scotland and am researching the name in the Orkne's. Thanks for your help!
Douglas Hercus <dhercus@aol.com>
Glasgow, DE USA - 
Thank you.
Danial Inkster,Carolyn Cutt <hal@total.net>
port credit, ont canada - 
It has been over 25 years since Peggy and I have visited your fair Island but we hope to make it over there next spring and hope to see all our old friends and all the George and Maggie Flett of Fort Quappelle Sask. relations. Until then take care. Don and Peggy Baugh Kamloops BC Canada.
Don and Peggy Baugh (nee Peggy Flett <Don_Baugh@bc.sympatico.ca>
Kamloops B.C., Canada.... - 
Jean Groundwater Vesely born 5/2/1940 Cook County, Chicago, IL Father: William Groundwater Mother: Blanche McGillivray William Groundwater born 10/20/1911 Cook County, Chicago, IL Father: James Groundwater Mother: Hattie Fritsch James Groundwater born Jan 24, 1886 Scotland Father: Andrew Groundwater Mother: Mary ? the Newberry Library in Chicago. www.newberry.org for listings in the City Directories which were published until about 1928. The 1928-29 City Directory lists an Andrew Groundwater "lab" at 6202 Lincoln. Also an Andrew listed in an earlier directory...perhaps 1913 same address w/ occupation listed as clerk=NYCRR. Andrew GROUNDWATER (M)................ B: 6 Dec 1855 Ba: C110231 Father: Andrew GROUNDWATER Orphir, Orkney, Scotland So: 6035516 REGISTER Mother: Isabella THOMISON This is as far back as I can go. Any suggestions as to what to do next?? jvesely
J Vesely <jvesely@msn.com>
Mercer Island, WA USA - 
My great-grandfather was born in the Orkney Islands, his name was Wm. Thompson, he married Edith Doan. She died in 1887 at the age of 29. She is buried in an unmarked grave in Port Dover cemetery (near our home). He may be buried there as well.
Linda (Thompson) Feere <les@kwic.com>
Simcoe , Ont. Canada - 
I am researching the BAnks and Mainland families from the Orkneys. I am having trouble figuring out middle names and their connection. William Marwick Banks b.1858 and John Corsie Mainland b.1869. Also cannot confirm that ggggrandmother was Helen or Ann Eunson m. to William Banks1828. His birthdate is also a puzzle. Any help would be appreciated.My ancestors appear to be from Stronsay, Deerness or Kirkwall. Thanks. Dianne
dianne mclean nee banks <jmclean@mb.sympatico.ca>
portage la prairie, mb canada - 
I received info on your web site through Anne Rendall to whom I am most greatful. I hope that you can further my journey in finding my ancestors. Many thanks. Walter
Walter Fleet <wfleet@adelphia.net>
Coudersport, PA USA - 
very good
john kerr
keswick, on canada - 
Hi; I would be interested in hearing from anyone connected to the Hector Grant and Margaret MacKay family, Halkirk, Caithness. Hattie Grant Farrell
Hattie Grant Farrell <nell.farrell@ns.sympatico.ca>
Halifax, N.S., Canada - 
Sorry to make corrections to my earlier message re William Burgar, I forgot to add the date. I'm trying to determine which William Burgar to choose from born around 1741 - 1754. Thanks, Cate
cate Fairfull-Smith <catefs@nor.com.au>
Australia - 
This site is a huge assest to anyone researching Orkney connections. What a lot a hard work! I'm looking for any early info on a William Burgar, Papa Westray - I have a choice of four born within a fourteenn year period. Can anyone tell me how to access information relating to deaths??
Cate Fairfull-Smith <catefs@nor.com.au>
Lismore, America - 
Perhaps a bit more detail on my sabiston family might help make a connection. Alexander Sabiston became the father of William Sabiston born 1828 in Orkney Islands - This William Sabiston emigrated to Australia and married Catherine Robertson who was born in 1833 - a daughter of Peter Robertson. William SABISTON and Catherine had the following children : George Alexander SABISTON, Peter Robertson SABISTON, William Spence SABISTON, Alice (a twin) SABISTON Charlotte SABISTON (a twin) David Irvine SABISTON, Mary Ann SABISTON and Ellen Catherine SABISTON. If you think you could be descended from brothers or sisters of the William SABISTON born in 1828 the please do consider making contact please.
suzanne maiden <sajm@ho.pt.sa.gov.au.>
adelaide, sa australia - 
what a magnificent site. I am attempting to locate descendants of Alexander Sabiston whose son William emigrated to Australia and had issue. Middle names of the children include Irvine and Spence and Robertson. Regards Suzanne Maiden
suzanne maiden <sajm@ho.pt.sa.gov.au>
adelaide, sa australia - 
My wife is Linda Margaret Groundwater. Her father is James William Groundwater, Mother Alice Eyre. His father is from the Orkney Islands. This list of relatives is very interesting. Thanks very much!
Bryon Williams <bwilliam@island.net>
Nanaimo, BC Canada - 
Was truly amazed at such a great sight to review. I admit the interest came from my ancestors, Isbester (spelled Ivester in the USA). My father's relation was George Ivester, from Chester Co., Pennsylvania, who arrived in the USA around the mid to late 1700's from the Orkney Islands. It was really interesting to read about the islands, keep up the great work . Great pictures, great history, great sight!
Dawn Moore <damjam2@worldnet.att.net>
Columbus, OH USA - 
Delighted to see this Orkney Names homepage
Jane V S Clouston <101360.3665@compuserve.com>
YARM, UK - 
This is in response to Bernard Ohara (catygail@iinet.net.au). If you happen to read this, my mail messages to you are not getting through. Please contact me as we have a common 3rd Great Grandfather in William HEWISON father of James Smith HEWISON. Hope to hear from you soon. Mike Bostwick mjbostwick@worldnet.att.net
Mike Bostwick <mjbostwick@worldnet.att.net>
Aberdeen, NJ USA - 
My mother's family came from the Orkneys to Canada. Her surname was FRISKEN
George Rodway <RodwayG@aol.com>
Washougal, WA USA - 
This site is inspired, inspirational and astonishing! My paternal grandmother's maternal grandmother is Janet GROUNDWATER SMITH, borne of Robert SMITH and Betsy SWANNEY, all of Kirkwall. Your data have given me new leads and sources! You make us even luckier to be descended from Orcadians! Thank you! -Hank, in sunny Hawaii
Henry Richardson Crawford <henry@scrollinggrid.com>
Lanikai, HI USA - 
just popped in to see if any info on the mansons from caithness are available to be researched
william r manson <wmanson@bellsouth.net>
jacksonville, USA - 
I don't know how I found you, but I am certainly glad I did!! Have been searching for my roots across the pond, but didn't know where to look. NOW I do!! Thanks so much for all your hard work. It certainly is a god-send for all the computer newbies like me. Thanks again, I shall return!!!
Lillian French <lili@cetlink.net>
Rock Hill, SC USA - 
great grandson of henry wallace muir born sanday 1853.
david muir <dmuir.@midcoast.com.au>
harrington, nsw australia - 
I am looking for Descendants from marrages in the Orkneys:- Isaballa Frisken M 2/12/1875 James B Stevenson / Eleanor Balfour Frisken M 24/11/1865 William Ferrier / David Frisken M 24/08/1873 Margaret Elizabeth Baillie / Catherine Frisken M 18/02/1875 Peter Groundwater / Isaballa Frisken M 2/06/1837 Robert Torrie / George Frisken M 10/06/1808 Agness Elliott /John Frisken M 10/12/1843 Jane Paulin / James Frisken M1 abt1853 Allison Carr M2 aft 1860 Margaret Wilson Or any information on the Frisken Family any time etc.
Bevan A Bennett. <BEVANATBIGPOND@bigpond.com.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - 
Are there any Gunns,Robertsons or Hunters around? My Great-Great Grandfather was Alexander Gunn married to Janet Robertson. They settled on Swona. His son David Gunn (my Great Grandfather) married Agnes Hunter and emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alexander's father was James Gunn born in 1794, need to find out who he married.
Diana Hegemeyer <jhegemeyer@sprintmail.com>
Houston, tx USA - 
Hello, im trying to find my Scottish "ROOTS" i feel odd saying this but my family did not keep track of who they are or where they came from so i need some help please anyone have any information on the "Burke" or "Benton" or "Frazier" or "Brooks" i could sure use the help im just starting out here so please bear with me... thanx you and you have a wonderful site :-)
Maggie <Heavenseye@aol.com>
Kennesaw, Ga USA - 
love any Scottish site i can get my hands on :-)
Maggie <Heavenseye@aol.com>
Kennesaw, Ga USA - 
I note that there is no record of the Burgher or Burgar surname in your list. My great grand parents came from Westray. A relation Jeff Burgher has publisher a family history called "Burghers o' Westray including Papa Westray" in 1992. Jeff updates the book with newsletters. I would be pleased to help anyone with information about the Burgher family. My mother has traced most of our close family. The tracing of a brother of my great grandfather who came to Australia with him has proved difficult. The brother had children but that is as far as we can go.
John Allen Burgess <john.burgess@hunterlink.net.au>
Newcastle, NSW Australia - 
I am looking up the surname "Caithness" for a work mate, any leads will be welcome with thanx
keith martin <keith.martin@virgin.net>
London, uk - 
Thank's Walt. Totally stupendous & mind boggling ...the amount of research you have done!! Just browsing so far & I see several ancestors whose names are already familiar to me. I can't wait to have a long study of your info to see if I can find more!! It is all very exciting! Searching for any info on Caithness area names of Geddes, Adamson, Ryrie.
Jo Daniels <mcdglen@aol.com>
Huson, MT USA - 
Interested in researching the family name FEA and discovering if there are records of immigration to Italy around 1820.
Robyn Fea <rfea@glendale.cc.ca.us>
Glendale, CA USA - 
I am interested in holistic medicine healers and those clinics in the area which cater to the handicapped population.
Julie Keahey <julie_keahey@hp.com>
USA - 
I'm researching Muir, Stewart, Wilson, Corbet and Struthers all of Avondal, Lanark, Scotland area. Would be interested in a Stewartall.exe file for scotland if anyone knows of one. Nice web site!
Larry E. Looby <lloobywi@ecol.net>
Eau Calire, WI USA - 
I am looking for information on Robert SYMYSON who married Elizaveth DENNISON 11 June 1748, in Orkney. Their children, all christened with the last name of SYMIE were Robert, James, Oliver, Elizabeth, Margaret, Esther and Ann. Esther married Peter SMITH and Ann narrued Oeter ODDIE. Esther and Ann inherited land about 1848, as the only living descendants of Robert SYMIE.
Isobel Chiswell <chiswell@idirect.com>
North York, On Canada - 
I am such a beginner at this that I'm almost embarrassed to post a message here. It's very frustrating that my family knows nothing of its origins. I did some research and can tell you what the name Skea means, but not who my ancestors were/(are). So if anyone out there can tell my why my family with the Scottish surname thinks that it's Irish (my great-granddad is from Cork), I would be most grateful for the enlightenment. Thanks so much, Patricia Skea
Patricia Skea <patricia.skea@chase.com>
New York, NNJ USA - 
I appear to have omitted the word 'days' - my trip will be for five days!!
Peter Groundwater Russell <sopharana@clara.net>
Bexleyheath, , Kent England - 
Walt, It's been some months since I last read your Guestbook and am pleasantly surprised at the tremendous interest your website has generated. Congratulations. I wondered if anyone has information regarding PETER CALDER SHEARER, born 1858, Stronsay, Orkney, the eldest of eleven children of Peter Shearer and Ann Leslie. The family lived in Shapinsay for many years where the eight youngest children were born. Peter, junior, is believed to have emigrated to the United States during the early 1880s. Peter, senior, and Ann, returned to Stronsay before 1891, and died there. I plan to spend five in Orkney [20-25 August] and will visit Kirkwall, Egilsay, Orphir & Shapinsay. If anyone would like me to take a photograph of an ancestor's home, etc., please send me the details and I will do my best to meet their request. However, it is most important that I receive the message BEFORE 10 August as my e-mail address is due to be changed the following day. My own folks were mainly connected with the parishes of Orphir & Shapinsay.
Peter Groundwater Russell <sopharana@clara.net>
Bexleyheath, Kent, England - 
Sorry forgot to give my ggrandmother's name. Mary Tulloch daughter of John Tulloch And Jean Harcus. thanks, Derek Osborne
Derek F Osborne <osborne@vmicro.com>
USA - January 1999