Orkney Societies

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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Local Societies

Orkney Archaeology Society
St. Magnus Centre
Palace Rd
Kirkwall KW15 1PA UK
Email: orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk
Website: Orkney Archaeology Society

We have helped to fund a wide variety of excavations in Orkney including The Cairns, Smerquoy & The Ness of Brodgar. We also fund student bursaries, school educational projects, and small research grants.

Orkney Family History Society
c/o Orkney Library & Archive
44 Junction Road
Kirkwall KW15 1AG UK
Telephone: 01856 879207
Email: secretary2013@orkneyfhs.co.uk
Website: Orkney Family History Society
Website #2: Orkney Family History Society

The main objectives of the society are to establish a local organisation for the study, collection, analysis, and sharing of information about individuals and families in Orkney; to establish and maintain links with other family history groups and genealogical societies throughout the UK and overseas; to establish and maintain a library and other reference facilities as an information resource for members and approved subscribers; and to promote study projects and special interest working groups to pursue approved assignments.

Orkney Heritage Society
Friends Room
St. Magnus Centre
Palace Rd
Kirkwall KW15 1PA UK
Email: OrkneyHeritageSociety@gmail.com
Website: Orkney Heritage Society
Website #2: Orkney Heritage Society

Orkney Heritage Society is a charitable body whose objectives include stimulating the public interest in Orkney's heritage, history, and character, to encourage the preservation or improvement of features and to encourage high standards in architecture and planning in Orkney.