Seallam! Update May 2014

Seallam! News 2014

As the new tourist season gets under way, we have had a good start with Easter being extended over four weeks because of staggered school holidays. Overseas visitors just do not stop all year and already we have had people from North America, Hong Kong, Australia, France, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Israel, Sweden, to mention but a few. (more…)

McAfee Site Advisor – update

News just in from McAfee – “We have reviewed the rating of, and based on our review, it has been adjusted to Green.” (more…)

McAfee Site Advisor

A number of people have reported to us that McAfee’s free “Site Advisor” software is giving a Yellow (Warning) Rating to this site.

Recent Site Changes – Jan / Feb 2013

There have been a number of fixes and updates to the site over the last month or so. We thought it was worth letting you know that we’re working hard to keep the site maintained and running smoothly, and to encourage you to send us any issues or feature requests via our Contact Us page.


Harris Families Revealed

And now we have the second stage!

In July 2012 Northton Heritage Trust launched the first stage of our database of island families on – a database of all the emigrant families we have been able to trace from the Outer Hebrides. This has been very popular with family tracers, especially from overseas. (more…)

MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture Module


HebridesPeople Official Launch July 20th 2012

Emigrant Database Live

Well – it’s here at last! The new Emigrant Database is live, and searchable at

Because of the unique problems and sources involved in Hebridean genealogy research, we at Co Leis Thu? decided many years ago that there was no point in trying to trace any one John MacDonald or Donald MacLeod – what we had to do was to trace everyone in the Hebrides. At the moment, our Hebridean database contains over a quarter of a million people – and is still growing every day. We are working at putting this on line on a parish by parish basis, and the first one – Harris of course – should be coming on line later this year.



Betty Powell – Waipu Museum, New Zealand- A Tribute


Vol 21 No 4

February 2012 

Greetings folks 

 We start this newsletter with a dedication to Betty Powell who passed away on the 20th December 2011. Betty was everything to everyone…………..a heart of gold, a marvellous memory, fantastic hearing, not very good with paper, but she knew where to find anything she wanted at any given time, whether it was tucked away in her memory, or somewhere in the middle of her bundles of paper. Whatever – she gave many hours of her time to finding andconnecting Nova Scotian descendants with their ancestors, tracking down land titles etc. She contributed much to our genealogy database.


Events Magazine, October 2010

Article by Fred Silver in Events Magazine October 2010

Seallam! in Northton, south Harris, is well-known as a visitor centre and as a place of genealogical research – but over the decade since it was officially opened by Alasdair Morrison, the then MSP, and John MacDonald, Fort William and Northton in July 2000, it has flowered as one of the most comprehensive local bookshops in the Western Isles.
It is also part of one of Hebrides pioneering e-commerce operations – starting overseas sales with the help of the Internet in 1995 – long before former Prime Minister Tony Blair famously sent his first e-mail.