Shetlanders with family trees online:
David Bolt's website
David has a substantial site with the focus of a family historian. I like his page on Leith where many Shetlanders made their first stop – many staying there. A nice blend of family ancestors and places together with images. Under ‘People’ he has taken the time to write up a short biography on some of the key names in this family tree.
John Robertson b.1938, Lerwick
This is a simple word document showing four generations of my family tree. Paternal grandparents being John Gilbert Robertson and Ann Catherine Ramsay both from Yell. My maternal grandparents are Hunter Gray, Bressay and Jane Gillie Tait, Leith – her father Thomas Tait, Aithsting.
This isn’t a surname that I am familiar with and the Bayanne database records 173 in total. However, Christian Fea is a 7th Great Grandmother through her marriage to Edward Sinclair of Toft. The website is mainly devoted to Orkney although one part of the family is in Central Scotland.
Robert Robertson b.1828....
A second cousin, although four times removed. I came across this document, a 40 page historical of Robert and his family. It records that he was one of the first settlers in Whonnock, BC and his marriage to a local Indian woman. Also some of their children one of them in particular has a separate chapter entitled “Regina vs. Robertson, a Half-breed Indian. He was hanged for the murder of one Richard Bailey, also a son of mixed ancestry.
The letters he received from home, Yell, are quite compelling to read outlining the hardships that his Shetland family endured at this time.
Rev. Robert Gray....b. abt 1671
A sixth Great Grandfater – direct on my maternal line. He was Minister of Nesting, Lunnasting , Whalsay and Skerries from 1703 to 1749. This is a 10 page word document containing transcriptions from Presbytery minutes for this period, the task being undertaken by Trevor and Barbara Gray. By all accounts he always seemed to get into trouble with the church authorities. It is an interesting document and give a good insight into the requirements and punishments given at that time.