Using this site

Main Genealogical Database

The main genealogical database contains the records of families from the Hebrides.

Click on the small question mark icons next to form fields and results to see what each field means.

Follow the stages below for a good way to quickly find your family.

Stage 1 – See if your results are in the database

Call up the name required. This will show whether the name appears in the database and how often.

Stage 2 – Login, and refine your search

Login to the site. You will be redirected back to your search page, but now will have the option of spending a credit to view the results.(1 credit)

Stage 3 – Call up an individual record

Call up the entry you require. This will give all known information on dates of birth, death and marriage, names of spouse and parents, and where the person appears in the census returns from 1840-1901. (5 credits)

Stage 4 – Download additional family notes

Once you have located the correct person, you can try the family notes. These will give a summary of the family history and provide links to other related families. The notes are based on the datum-line of the 1851 census, working back as far as possible, and forward to persons born before 1920. The amount of information will vary greatly according to the size of the family then, and what is know of its later history. Each family has a unique reference which can be used for cross-reference.

Stage 5 – Download family working sheet for the whole family

You can then try a family working sheet. These are pages, hand-written by genealogist Bill Lawson, showing the descendants of the family, with reference numbers for spouses etc. Again, some are very extensive and others shorter, depending on the family history. These are working sheets, and may show small discrepancies in dates etc. from the main database.

Stage 6 – Use the family reference to quickly find the whole family

Search using the family reference. This calls up all other person of the same family reference, and allows you to extract details for each of these persons.

Stage 7 – Gazetteer

The gazetteer gives a short summary of the history of each township and others in the immediate vicinity.

Stage 8 – Family tree template

Continue your research by download our family tree template and keeping records of your more recent family.

Emigrant Database

Much of our research at Co Leis Thu? involves families who have emigrated from the Outer Hebrides, mainly to Canada, Australia and the USA, but also to many other sites world-wide. From our records, we have been able to extract information on over 20,000 emigrants from these islands, and more are continually being added as information becomes available.

Click on the small question mark icons next to form fields and results to see what each field means.

The web-site shows the name of the emigrant, date of birth (but do remember that these can be very approximate) and the island they left from. On the destination site, the web-site shows the country to which they emigrated, (but again remember that a family who emigrated to Canada may have moved on to the USA).

The reference columns show the source of our information “Emig.Ref.” means that the information came from the destination area, and “Our Ref” means that it came from our own Island sources.

At present, if you wish more information on a family in the register, you can e-mail us at, but eventually as the main web-site comes on line you will be able to access it automatically.