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Trace your ancestors in Caithness

'If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.' - Pearl S. Buck

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Trace your ancestry in the far north of Scotland

Did you know that there are over fifty million people worldwide with Scottish Ancestry? Now, it seems very likely that you’ve got a distant Scottish relative. But how distant is your Scottish blood? If you, like many others, have found a calling to trace your ancestry in Scotland, we’re here to help.

How to start researching your family tree

Begin by drawing up your own family tree, with all the information you already have. You can find family tree templates online if you need help with this. Enter the names you know, along with dates and places of birth, marriage and death. Collect together any photographs or family records to help you, and fill in the gaps by asking other family members.

Now you can use all of this as a starting point and work backwards through the generations to find out more. For Scottish ancestry, the Scotland’s People website is a great resource.

Genealogy service at Mackays Hotel

If you find family links with the north of Scotland, our in-house genealogy resources may help you further in your search. As a guest at Mackays Hotel in Caithnness, you can explore your own family history in the Highland area through the following services.

Our in-house genealogy resources:

  • We can arrange contact with local genealogist/ researcher Mr. Ian Leith of Baseline Research.
  • We have a wide collection of appropriate books, old maps of the area, WiFi access, card reader, etc.
  • You will also have access to borrow books in our local Wick Library.

More local genealogy resources

We’ve also put together these lists of family research websites and local heritage activities, to help you continue on your family genealogy quest.

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