"FAILTE GU DUILLEAGAN COMUNN EACHDRAIDH TEAGHLAICH ILE"
"WELCOME TO THE
ISLAY FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY WEB PAGES"
The Islay Family
History Society was formed in 1991 to encourage and assist research
into Islay local and family history, and to undertake the collection,
exchange and publication of information and material relating to Islay.
The Society has
no paid employees, and i s run entirely by volunteers who give their
time and goodwill to help others interested in researching their
enquiries from around the world, welcome contact with anyone
interested in Islay Family HIstory, and look forward to hearing from
Society always welcomes new members and membership is open to anyone on
payment of the annual subscription of £10. Annual membership
subscriptions should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Miss May
Carmichael, at the Society Office. Click for more information.
From May to September, volunteers man the Society's office at Highfield,
High Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay on Tuesday and Saturday mornings
10:00am to 12 noon and Thursday afternoons 2:00pm to 4:00pm to enable
callers to have access to the Society's records.
Whenever possible, we will try to provide access to our records to those
visiting the island between October and April but this will depend on a
volunteer being available. Please write or e-mail
well in advance of your visit if you wish to set up such an arrangement.
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The Society has no paid staff and any searches undertaken in response to
postal or e-mail requests are carried out entirely by volunteers. To
help with our searches, it is essential that we are given as much
information as possible: it is particularly helpful if an enquirer can
indicate in which parish, village or locality the person being
researched is thought to have lived. We cannot undertake searches for
whole family trees or for living relatives.
A minimum fee of £10 (£12 overseas) is charged for all enquiries. If
we have to consult statutory registers or incur other expenditure on
your behalf, we will let you know what the costs are likely to be before
we proceed. Click for more information.
The Society has many items available for research. The FHS hold
all the census records for Islay from 1841 to 1901. We also
have the Old Parish Records on both film and fiche, and the IGI records
on fiche. We have various other bits and pieces e.g. the
Hearth Tax of 1684, books on Islay etc. One of our members
has transcribed all the census records plus a good bit of the OPR's for
the FHS use.