Death of Chris Lawson

We are sad to announce that Chris Lawson, wife of Bill Lawson, passed away on Monday 3rd July after a brave battle with illness.

July 2016 Newsletter


We are in the middle of another busy season here in Northton and already we have had an invasion of North American visitors searching for information on their families. We have also welcomed people from many European countries and from Australia and New Zealand and people from the United Kingdom. With our family trees and family information now online for Harris, Stornoway Parish including Point, Tolsta and the Back areas, as well as Uig parish, including Carloway and Shawbost, we are focusing on Barvas Parish and hope to have this area ready for transferring on to before too long. We now have information on 80,000 people on the website. Meantime book sales from the website are increasing. (more…)

Newsletter June 2015

Update from Seallam! Visitor Centre


We have three exhibitions on show this year within the centre: The People and the Landscape of the Western Isles, Emigrants from Harris, and St Kilda. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained within the exhibition room with displays for children on the bottom half of the main boards, a microscope to look at the different types of rocks and sands, a DVD about St Kilda plays in the background, there is a bird CD Rom to look at different types of birds and to listen to their calls, source materials on a range of topics such as Natural History, old estate papers, and Maps on paper, microfilm, and CD Rom.

New Items

We have a range of new Harris Tweed items made by Jacqueline Akister who is based on the Isle of Lewis. These include key rings, brooches, and cushions. We also have a new range of mounted prints from the artist Vega. We also have Harris Tweed items from Catherine Campbell who has shops in Tarbert and Drinishader. Felted items by Karen Allen such as wraps, soaps, key rings, and brooches are still available. In terms of artworks we have prints and cards from the artist Lewis based artist Vega. We have prints and cards with photography done by Dudley Williams who travels up to Harris to take photographs. John Maher’s spectacular A3 prints are also on display within our retail area. (more…)

Lochs and Stornoway Records go online August 2014


Update on

The immediate news is that we have now added Lochs Parish to the main data-base, so that it now includes Lochs and Stornoway parishes – the whole eastern side of Lewis – as well as Harris, bringing the total number of entries to sixty-three thousand!  We were now working on the Parish of Uig, which, with a bit of luck and a lot of embrocation for my typing fingers, should be ready by the end of the autumn.

I am frequently asked  how clients can get the most results from the databases , and perhaps the best explanation is to give an example. We had an enquiry recently from a client in Connecticut whose ancestor was George, a son of William and Rachel MacLeod, who had come from the Isle of Lewis in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

Most emigration from Lewis at the period was to the Eastern Townships of Quebec, near the border with the USA, from 1838 to 1863, and to Bruce County, Ontario, near Lake Huron, in the 1850s.  (more…)

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…)

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