... or welcome (in Gaelic), to 'Skye Roots':- research and reporting of family
heritage, history and genealogy for anyone with links to or ancestors from Scotland's Isle of Skye.
Driven by the life-long passion of Skye woman Norma MacLeod, herself
and bred on the island, 'Skye Roots' researches, draws together and preserves the fragmented wealth of local Skye
family history for the benefit of people around the world nowadays and for generations to come.
Originally started as a hobby over 20 years ago, 'Skye Roots' has
gathered momentum, collating information from a huge variety of sources including
Census Returns, Old Parish Records and the more recent (since
Records of births, marriages & deaths, as well as books, oral
traditions (including patronymics), local knowledge and contacts.
By identifying at an early stage that the sum of the
whole would be greater than the individual elements, Norma painstakingly
information found to a specially-designed, searchable computer
database. This then allows ALL of the information available across the area
as a whole to be examined and thus provides a far more holistic,
reliable and successful
end-result, often identifying relationships and substantiating conclusions
that simply would not come to light using conventional and fragmented research methods.
In addition to privately commissioned family history research,
Norma published her book "Raasay:
the Island and its People" in 2002, which traces the history
of one of Scotland's most beautiful islands from the medieval period
right through into the 20th century. In addition, 'Skye Roots' is also
currently involved in a huge and fascinating project to trace and document the
19th century emigrations from Skye -
indeed, if you can trace family links to Skye YOU may well be able to help
to contribute to this.
Skye Roots' service is affordable and available to all, whether
to expand your understanding of your own family tree or as a unique
present to a friend, loved-one or relative. Research covers all Skye
parishes, with particular emphasis on the Trotternish peninsula (the Parishes of
Portree, Snizort, Kilmuir and Stenscholl) and the Islands of Raasay and
Sconser - Braes - Portree - Lynedale -
Bernisdale - Skeabost - Borve - Eyre - Kingsburgh - Earlish -
Uig - Monkstadt - Kilvaxter - Duntulm - Kendram - Flodigarry -
Staffin - Culnacnoc - Rigg - Holm - and all places in between -
Beaumont Crescent, Portree about 1950:
the Marsali (BRD 400) beached for annual painting