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Shetland Islands Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.shetland-library.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): SHI, small quantity for OKI

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

The main collection is held in the local collection within the library serving Lerwick. The library moved in early 2002 from the former building to the converted adjoining former St. Ringan's Church.

Shetland Library
Lower Hillhead
Tel: 01595 693868
Fax: 01595 694430
[email protected]
Contact: Mr Douglas L.W. Garden, MA, MCLIP, Assistant Chief Librarian
E-mail: Douglas Garden, MA, MCLIP

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1000-1900
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 1000-1700 but temporarily closed between 1200 and 1300 on Tuesday and Saturday

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No although enquiries are answered and assistance provided within the extent of our own resources. Where appropriate, we refer further to, e.g., Shetland Archives, Local Registrars or Shetland Family History Society.

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office?
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations None held

5. Census returns

No original census returns (held in Shetland Archives, 100 metres from Library)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Manson's Shetland Almanac 1892-1954

Peace's Orkney and Shetland Almanac 1868-1915 (incomplete)

6(b) City and Town Directories

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Formerly held post-1955 registers: now transferred to the Shetland Archives

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Not held at present. Available elsewhere in Lerwick and under consideration for purchase

9. Unpublished Indexes

None. Collection includes in Library's catalogue - available electronically on premises but not expected to be available on Internet until late 2002

10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Cootin' Kin, quarterly since December 1991
New Shetlander, quarterly since March 1947
Shetland Life, monthly since November 1980

(All in Local Collection)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Meal Return, 1804

13. Other material

Small number of original/copied family histories
(Incorporated within stock)

Newspapers: complete sets
Shetland Times,
Shetland News,

14. Guides to Collections

General guide to Shetland Library (leaflet)

15. Local Record Offices

Shetland Archives
King Harald Street
Tel: 01595 696247
[email protected]

Shetland Family History Society
6 Hillhead
Tel: 01595 692276

Other information