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Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd: Clan and Family History in the Highlands of Scotland
by Graeme M. Mackenzie (Highland Family History Society, Inverness, 2013).

“Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd” distils some of the knowledge Graeme has gained working for 25 years as a professional genealogist specialising in Highland clans and families. He uses examples to illustrate particular problems from research into his own family and the families of clients, as well as the experience he has gained over many years acting as the Seanachaidh (historian & genealogist) for Clan MacKenzie and Clan MacMillan. The chapter titles illustrate the main subjects covered:

Getting On the Ancestral Trail; Certificates, Censuses, and Spelling; Church Registers and Naming Traditions; Given Names and Nicknames; Surnames and Septs; Clans and Parent Kindreds; Charter Chests and Traditional Tales; Emigrants and Explorers; Soldiers, Sailors, and East Indiamen; Connecting Cousins and Coming Home to the Highlands.

The 21 appendices form an extensive guide to sources for clan & family history in the Highlands, listing and locating such things as church registers, valuation rolls, sasine registers, kirk session minutes, poor law records, burial grounds and transcriptions, archive centres, public libraries, clan centres, museums, and local heritage groups.

Review by Alison Mason, Archivist at the Highland Archive Centre

Review in The Genealogists' Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 6, June 2014.

Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd is published by the Highland Family History Society [HFHS] and is available from HFHS for UK £10 + P&P, or online from GENfair (HFHS page - go to "Other Publications").  

Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd is now also available in the USA for $20 (or $25 for a copy signed by the author) + $5 for carriage. Go to Highland Roots USA page for contact details.