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Islay Ancestry Research

Like most places in Scotland Islay has seen its fair share of emigration, among others to North America. As a result a lot of people are interested in genealogy and tracing their Islay ancestry. Where can they turn to find information?

On my Further Isle of Islay links page I've listed two sources for quite a while now: The Islay and Jura Marketing Group has very good Islay Genealogy overview page, probably the best place to start the research.

Next stop should probably be Steve Gilchrist's genealogy pages with a huge amount of information, links and a mailing list.

And finally the ‘reason/ inspiration’ for this entry, a site I only found recently (and will soon add to the links page): Tamara Gilhuly has created the Islay Immigrant Index (I-SPY).

Created through the efforts of many volunteers, I-SPY is a collection of information about persons born on Scotland's Isle of Islay, who emigrated to other lands. It may include obituaries, cemetery transcriptions, marriage announcements, or other snippets of information we've happened across that mention these Islay natives.

If you're researching your Islay ancestry you might find it helpful. And a reminder to myself, add the link this weekend.



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