Does Tasglann nan Eilean Siar hold any archive records?

The Tasglann project is mainly concerned with signposting to archive records held by historical societies, businesses and organisations who hold records.  However, the Tasglann also makes accessible the archive records of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and its predecessor authorities. 

Are all the records mentioned on this site accessible?

Where records are held in private hands by a businesses or organisation it is at their own discretion as to whether access may be permitted.  Some records that contain data about living individuals may also be restricted from public access for up to 100 years in keeping with the Data Protection Act.  Where restrictions are in place these are normally noted in the catalogue or on the website. 

How do I access records held by public authorities, historical societies and businesses?

Contact details for individual historical societies and heritage groups are available through the Heritage Groups pages of this website.  If you wish to access records that are held privately by businesses or individuals, please contact the Tasglann in the first instance. 

Do you provide a genealogy service?

The Tasglann do not provide a genealogy service but we will answer reasonable enquiries as many records we hold contain genealogical data.  The Registrar's Service across the Islands hold birth, death, marriage and census data although there may be a charge for access.  Many of the historical societies around the islands hold significant genealogical data and are worth contacting also.  The Library Service also hold copies of census data.  Births, deaths, marriage and census along with wills are available online through http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Is there a cost for visiting and using archives?

Normally, access to archives across the Western Isles is free.  As most historical societies however are run on a voluntary basis we would suggest making a financial donation.

Can I borrow documents from the archives?

As archive documents are irreplaceable they are not allowed out of the archive.  

Can I take copies of items from archives?

As many archive records are very fragile and intense heat and light sources can cause lasting damage, photocopying of archives is not permitted.  However, the use of non-flash photography is usually permitted but please ask first. 

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