Sounds like a very good project Howard. I'm working on the MacQuarrie family from the Isle of Rum (Rhum), Inner Hebrides. They settled in Port Hastings area, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I have found almost no records in Scotland, and the search is complicated by the re-use of names (several cases of John MacQuarrie, Alan MacQuarrie, etc in each generation). Nevertheless, the records are much more accessible once the families settled in Canada.