Crofters’ Commission records for family history

Were your ancestors crofters? That is, living in one of the seven crofting counties of Scotland – Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness-shire and Argyll – with a holding of not more than £30 in annual value or rent. If the answer is yes and they were there from 1886 onwards there’s a  |  more…

Alexandrina, Alexina and Alice

Sometimes people are really hard to find in a census, they might not even be there at all, while a small number are recorded twice. A tweet by Paul Chiddicks of Chiddicks Family Tree about double recording reminded me that I’d come across an example. When I looked at the detail it turned out to  |  more…

“Fatal termination of the late accident with firearms”

Thomas Slater died on 6 May 1868 in Kirkwall, Orkney, as the result of “a gunshot wound, tetanus 4 days”, according to his death registration. He was just 18 and a younger brother of one of my maternal great grandfathers, William H Slater. It is from newspapers that I learned more about the circumstances of  |  more…

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