||FUNCTIONS OF THE SOCIETY
The Society was set up in September 1981 to promote the study of genealogy, family history and related subjects in the Highlands of Scotland. It aims to do this in a number of ways:
1. Regular monthly meetings are held in Inverness on the 4th Tuesday in each month from September - April, with speakers on topics of interest to family historians
2. A quarterly Journal is published to keep members informed of developments within the Society and the field of genealogy in general; to publish articles of interest and reports of the monthly lectures; and to publish specific research enquiries from members. In addition we are able to carry out limited research for members only where costs will be confined to postage and any photocopying. All requests for photocopying from, for example, census returns on microfilm, should be addressed to Library staff not the Society.
3. Members' Research Interests are held on computer from which a Register is printed on a regular basis. The current issue was published in May 2001. This forms a useful record of the genealogical work being carried out by the members. Use of such directories - local, national and international - helps to co-ordinate research and avoids duplication of effort.
4. A collection of reference material has been established, and donations of books, manuscripts etc., are welcomed. Members are encouraged to deposit copies of their own family histories, family trees or pedigree charts. A number of projects are underway, such as the recording of monumental inscriptions and indexing a number of the 1851 Census Returns.
5. We have also collected together in the library the census returns for all the counties that we cover - Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Inverness, Nairn and North Argyll. We now have the full set from 1841 to 1891 inclusive. 1901 census is now available in the Reference room at Inverness Library. Microfilm of the Old Parochial Registers for the latter six counties is also available at Inverness, through the Library Service. We have recently obtained the 1881 census for England, Scotland and Wales on CD-ROM and it is loaded on the Society’s computer. We have also purchased the microfiche index to the 1891 Census for the whole of Scotland. The latter two indexes are available only to members of the Society.
WE DO NOT ACT AS A RESEARCH AGENCY. The Society is keen that, wherever possible, its members do their own research. A visit to the Inverness library, where the archivist for the Highland area is also in residence, is particularly recommended. If you cannot come in person and require significant research to be carried out on your behalf, you should contact either Alistair Macleod, Genealogist in Residence, Reference Room, Public Library, Farraline Park, Inverness IV1 1NH or The Secretary, The Association of Scottish Genealogists and Record Agents (ASGRA), 51/3 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HN - Website: www.asgra.co.uk Charges will be made for their services.
If you wish to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates, you should write to either the Registrar in the District in which the event was registered or to New Register House in Edinburgh.
HOW TO JOIN THE SOCIETY
Details of how to join the Highland FHS and a full list of their publications will be found on the website.