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Welcome to the Sutherland Team

Team Leader: Amy Gilpin

Team Members:

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The goal of the Sutherland Team is to identify and make all County profiles the best that they can be. It is our desire to leave a lasting legacy of work for future generations by sourcing, connecting and growing our County branches of the tree.

Sutherland Team To-Do List

When working with profiles of individuals associated with Sutherland:

  • Create new profiles after you've done your best to ensure it is not a duplicate.
    • If you discover it is a duplicate after its been created, initiate a merge into the lower-numbered profile.
  • Identify and merge any duplicates
    • Clean up after the merge to ensure the profile remains accurate and meets our Project Standards.
  • Work with other Teams if you find a profile that needs their attention.
  • Review existing profiles and help bring them up to Project Standard.
  • Add relevant categories and/or stickers to profiles, as appropriate. If you are unsure, contact the Categories Team for help.

Helpful Links

Sutherland Team Resources

  1. Scotland Genealogy Resources Page - Spacepage
  2. History - Parish of Dornoch, Sutherland - Spacepage
  • Hunter, James; Set Adrift Upon the World - The Sutherland Clearances; (Birlinn Limited; Edinburgh, 2015 (reprinted 2019)); ISBN: 978 1 78027 354 9
    • Amy Gilpin owns a copy of this book and can do lookups upon request. The book contains information and original source citations relating to the Sutherland Clearances.

General Research Resources

  1. Detailed List of the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland - Downloadable pdf of the original inventory published in 1872 by the Scotland Register-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, from the National Records of Scotland. Identities at the individual parish level if baptism, marriage, or death records exist from years prior to 1855, and if records exist, then how thorough those records are. Possibly the single most valuable tool when researching pre-1855 genealogy in Scotland, because it identifies parishes with no records at all, or parishes with large record gaps before 1855.
  2. ScotlandsPeople is the official web site for searching the National Records of Scotland. Free registration, but many of the documents are pay per view or download.
  3. Scotsgenealogy.com - 1855 Tombstone Inscriptions in Sutherland Burial Grounds, by A. S. Cowper and I. Ross, published by Scottish Genealogy Society,
  4. Book of Mackay, by Angus Mackay, M.A., Minister at Westerdale, Caithness. Published by Norman MacLeod, Edinburgh, 1906. Digital scan of a copy signed by the author. Printed in Wick. Applies equally to Sutherland and Caithness.
  5. Early sources of Scottish history, A.D. 500 to 1286, by Alan Orr Anderson (1879–1958), a Scottish historian - Volume I - Volume II
  6. Songs and poems in the Gaelic language by Rob Donn - Edited by Hew Morrison, published 1899, published edition from University of Toronto Library
  7. Songs and poems in the Gaelic language by Rob Donn - Edited by Hew Morrison, published 1899, pre-print edition with handwritten notes by Hew Morrison
  8. Historical Record of the 71st Regiment Highland Light Infantry - by Lieutenant Henry J. T. Hildyard, published 1876
  9. The History of the Reay Fencible Highland Regiment of Foot, or Mackay's Highlanders, 1794-1802 - by Captain I. H. Mackay Scobie, William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh, 1914.

Parish Specific Tools

  1. Parish Register of Durness 1764-1814 - High resolution digital scan of the original book, edited and transcribed by Hew Morrison from the original handwritten Durness Parish Registry kept by Rev. John Thomson. The book can be viewed on or downloaded from the Internet Archive. The original book was published in 1911 as Volume 26 in a series by the Scottish Record Society, which publishes calendars, indexes and texts of historical records.
  2. Errata in previously published records of Durness baptisms and marriages from 1764 to 1875 - 25 discrepancies between the Durness Parish Registry and the National Records of Scotland. Copyright 2014 by Angi Lamb.
  3. Durness baptisms to 1764 to 1854 and births 1855 to 1874 - A 143 page index of all births on record, sorted alphabetically by father's surname. Copyright 2014 by Angi Lamb.
  4. Durness marriages from 1765 to 1875 - A 31 page index of all marriages on record, sorted alphabetically by male surname. Copyright 2014 by Angi Lamb.
  5. Balnakeil Burial Ground, Durness - Angi Lamb, Edinburgh, photographed & transcribed all the stones here during June 2003.

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Hi Team!

I just wanted to touch base and let you know that the team page has been updated. I also wanted to try and come to a consensus on communication. We need to decide the best way to communicate as a team. We can do it by email or though the public comment section of the Team Page. Let me know what you think.


posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin