Skye Roots: tracing YOUR heritage - Family History, Genealogy & Research for North East areas of Scotland 's Isle of Skye and Raasay. Skye Roots: tracing YOUR heritage - Family History, Genealogy & Research for North East areas of Scotland 's Isle of Skye and Raasay.
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Tracing YOUR heritage:- Family History, Genealogy & Research for the North East areas of  Isle of Skye and the Isle of Raasay in Scotland.


Flora Gilles, Raasay: taken 1929Filte - Welcome!
 ... or welcome (in Gaelic), to 'Skye Roots':- research and reporting of family heritage, history and genealogy for anyone with links to or ancestors from Scotland's Isle of Skye.

Driven by the life-long passion of Skye woman Norma MacLeod, herself born and bred on the island, 'Skye Roots' researches, draws together and preserves the fragmented wealth of local Skye family history for the benefit of people around the world nowadays and for generations to come.

Originally started as a hobby over 20 years ago, 'Skye Roots' has gathered momentum, collating The crew of the Marsali BRD 400, Portree: taken about 1950 information from a huge variety of sources including Census Returns, Old Parish Records and the more recent (since 1855) Registry Records of births, marriages & deaths, as well as books, oral traditions (including patronymics), local knowledge and contacts. Click to see the parishes of Skye

By identifying at an early stage that the sum of the whole would be greater than the individual elements, Norma painstakingly adds all information found to a specially-designed, searchable computer database.  This then allows ALL of the information available across the area as a whole to be examined and thus provides a far more holistic, reliable and successful end-result, often identifying relationships and substantiating conclusions that simply would not come to light using conventional and fragmented research methods.

In addition to privately commissioned family history research, Norma published her book "Raasay: the Island and its People" in 2002,  which traces the history of one of Scotland's most beautiful islands from the medieval period right through into the 20th century.  In addition, 'Skye Roots' is also currently involved in a huge and fascinating project to trace and document the 19th century emigrations from Skye - indeed, if you can trace family links to Skye YOU may well be able to help to contribute to this.

Skye Roots' service is affordable and available to all, whether to expand your understanding of your own family tree or as a unique present to a friend, loved-one or relative. Research covers all Skye parishes, with particular emphasis on the Trotternish peninsula (the Parishes of Portree, Snizort, Kilmuir and Stenscholl) and the Islands of Raasay and Rona:-

Sconser - Braes - Portree - Lynedale - Bernisdale - Skeabost - Borve - Eyre - Kingsburgh - Earlish - Uig - Monkstadt - Kilvaxter - Duntulm - Kendram - Flodigarry - Staffin - Culnacnoc - Rigg - Holm - and all places in between -

 Beaumont Crescent, Portree about 1950. The Marsali (BRD 400) beached for annual painting
Beaumont Crescent, Portree about 1950:
the Marsali (BRD 400) beached for annual painting

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Skye Roots:- Norma MacLeod, Westerlea, Torvaig, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV51 9HU
Tel: +44 (0)1478-612834 / Email:

For research and genealogy on North-West Skye (the parishes of  Duirinish & Bracadale)
why not visit the 'Skye Kin' website at 
For Historical Maps of the area, why not visit the 'Caledonian Maps' website at 
For research and genealogy on mainland Scotland, Scots Family at offers
a useful glossary of old Scottish occupations and a complete Scottish Parish listing. 
A site devoted to the activities and interests of the Portree Local History Society  

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