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Help and Advice Service

Has your own family tree research hit a brick wall? Does it look like your ancestors have disappeared? We can help. Our help and advice service is here to provide a fresh look at your family history research and any brick wall that may have halted your family search. We can suggest ways you can take your research forward. Contact us.

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Keep digging


In some parts of the country official records can often only give you a rudimentary picture of the branch you are researching. If you are lucky you can find other records that can help to give a lot more detail on the family.


The MacCowan family is a good example. The census records told us that this family lived in Stenscholl. Little else could be found about the family until we consulted the records held at the Clan Donald Library at Armadale Castle in southern Skye.


The Library and Archives hold a lot of the estate papers for the lands owned by the clan on Skye and from these we were able to piece together a much better picture of the lives of this family.


We got one surprise from the records. The family nearly emigrated to Australia but the factor, Mr. Ballingal, assessing their case thought they should pay their own way as they had a boat. They could not afford that so stayed in Scotland.


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Are you researching your family history and you would like someone to cast an expert eye over what you have found so far? Do you want someone to suggest new avenues you might pursue in your family tree research? Would you like a family tree researcher to do a professional review of your research to date? We can help. Contact us. We will take what you have done so far with your family tree and review it for you and suggest new lines you could pursue.

We will undertake a free initial consultation with you to clarify what work you wish us to do. We will ensure that we are both clear about the desired outcomes and the likelihood of success for the work we will carry out.


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