Caithness Family History Society

Caithness Family History Society was formed by family history enthusiasts in September 1999 and already has approximately 300 members worldwide. 

Their aims are to promote and encourage interest in family history and genealogy, and to assist people with their research, especially in the area of Caithness.

Information about Caithness Family History Society


Please go to their Contacts page on their website to contact the appropriate person

Journal Contents

The Society publishes a journal for members of the association, a contents list of which is accessible on their website.

Some of the journal contents in the past have included:

  • Apparel of Servants 1750 and 1790
  • Arrivals and Departures - Falconers in Caithness and Sutherland
  • Education in Thurso Parish from the 17th C.
  • My Elusive Gun Ancestor - A Poem
  • My Great-Grandfather the Footballer
  • Quick Beginners Guide to Tracing Your Family
  • Scottish Surname Variants
  • Sources You May Have Missed

Many other interesting articles are also available.


Numerous publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • 1901 Census for Canisbay Parish
  • 1901 Census for Dunnet Parish
  • 1901 Census for Halkirk Parish
  • 1901 Census for Wick Parish (Books 1 and 2)
  • Bower Monumental Inscriptions
  • Keiss Monumental Inscriptions
  • Olrig Monumental Inscriptions (1st Cemetery)
  • Olrig Monumental Inscriptions (2nd Cemetery)
  • Watten Monumental Inscriptions

Research Service

If you are a member of the Society, but cannot get to Caithness, or would like someone else to help you break down a possible brick wall, the Society offers a research service, which is conducted by volunteers you are also members of the Society.

Detailed research cannot be carried out, and the volunteer can decide whether or not to take on your request for assistance.  

If you require someone to check a Census Record on your behalf, it is important to note that as Census Indexes are not available for every census year, a location must be given before any search can be conducted. 

This is especially important in your ancestor has a common surname or lived in a large area.  A charge is made to people wishing to take advantage of the research service.  

For further information regarding this service, please contact the Society using their Contacts button on their website.


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