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  My ancestor was an islander

Scottish Islands
Scotland includes hundreds of islands. Over 100 are inhabited now and many more have been inhabited in the past.
Because birth, mariage and death registers, census returns, and many other historical records are arranged by parish and county, you need to be able to convert the island name to the relevant parish and county.

There are other problems with islands. For example an island might have been known by several different names in the past, or there may be several variations of the name, or there may be several islands with identical or similar names.

What to do now
If you know or suspect that your ancestor came from a Scottish island go to the page on Scottish Islands in the SCAN Knowledge Base. To do this click here.

The Knowledge Base also contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions. To enter the Knowledge Base click here.