Source Lists | Liosta freumh

Many people approach archives wishing to research a specific theme or topic.  Source lists give an overview of archive collections which may assist your research that are held both within the Outer Hebrides and mainland Scotland.  Source lists provide a summary of the contents of these collections, allowing you to select the collections most likely to be of use to you.  

NB:   This section is currently being developed and lists will be added over the coming months. 

Our source lists are divided into two sections:

Each source list page has a comments section.  Please do leave a comment if you become aware of collections relating to a particular theme that you think may be of interest to others.


These source lists are based upon the old civil parishes of the islands that existed until 1930.  You may need to look at more than one source list!

  • Barra
  • Barvas (Lewis)
  • Harris (including Berneray)
  • Lochs (Lewis)
  • Ness (Lewis)
  • North Uist
  • South Uist (inlcuding Benbecula and Eriskay)
  • Stornoway (parish and Burgh, Lewis)
  • Uig (Lewis)


These source lists explore common themes that we are esked about.  These are still in development and will be added to the website soon.

  • Abandoned Islands
  • Church records
  • Hospital records
  • Poor Law
  • Public Health
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