The association was established in 1991, its aim being to offer assistance to members researching their genealogy. It also aims to provide a forum whereby people interested in studying their family history in Shetland can come together and help each other with their research.
The Society has numerous members in Shetland, Scotland, the rest of the UK, and overseas. 80 percent of the Society's members do not live in Shetland.
A Research Centre is available, located in the Amenity Trust building in Garthspool, Lerwick, where many resources are available. These resources include unpublished data collected and donated by members. Other resources held at the Library include:
A map showing the location of parishes in Shetland is accessible. These include:
Many publications are available, which incorporate:
Because the Society is aware that many of their members do not live in Shetland so are unable to access the local resources, the Society has a small number of volunteers who are willing to undertake research on your behalf.
Any research undertaken for members of the Society is done free of charge, instead being included in the annual cost for membership.
If you are not a member, a small charge is made to cover the research expenses.
Details of links to other sites you may find of use are also accessible.