Bill Lawson Publications

Specialist Books & Genealogy Research Material for the Outer Hebrides

The Old Schoolhouse
Taobh Tuath (Northton) - Isle of Harris HS3 3JA - Scotland
Telephone: 01859 520 488 / Fax: 01859 520 488

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Genealogy Research

Bill Lawson has been specialising in the Family and Social History in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for over 40 years, and is widely recognised as an authority in the area.

Virtually every household in the Western Isles in the last 200 years has been researched and a resource bank of over 27,500 family tree sheets has been gathered, together with many emigrant families in Canada, USA, Australia etc.

Family tracing in the Outer Hebrides has always proved difficult, due to the scarcity and poor quality of source material, but from the resource available at Co Leis Thu? it is usually possible to chart families back to the generation born c1750-80 - and frequently much farther.

Sources used:

Oral tradition has always been strong in these islands, and since it is preserved in Gaelic, which is still in normal usgae here, it is more comprehensive and often much more reliable than many written sources in English.
Large collections of oral tradition have been, and still are being, gathered in conjunction with local Comuinn Eachdraidh (History Groups), and this resource can be used to expand and correct information taken from more formal sources for the researcher.
Oral tradition includes patronymics, song, story and preservation of family relationships.

All genealogy enquiries are dealt with through Co Leis Thu?
Tel: +44 (0)1859 520258 Fax: +44 (0)1859 520258

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