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The Orkney Balfours 1747-1799: by R P Fereday. Published 1990. 311pp.
Includes discussion of early development of the Balfour estate.

The Laird, the Factor and the Elders: Change and Stress in Shapinsay 1847: by Paul J. Sutherland. Published Kirkwall 1985.
A candid tale of local strife.

The Crofting Pioneer Fringe in Nineteenth Century Shapinsay: by William P. L. Thomson. Published 1985 in Northern Studies xii,28-39.

Isle of Shapinsay: by Dr William Irvine. Published Kirkwall 1976. 147pp.
Interesting insights.

Church Records

Old Parish Registers

Other chuurch records (held at Orkney Archives in Kirkwall).

Civil Registration

The Registrar of births, deaths, and marriages for the island of Shapinsay.
The Registrar's records extend back only as far as 1st January 1855 when registration became compulsory in Scotland.

Description and Travel

Some descriptive and pictorial material is provided here by courtesy of Orknet



Orkney Family History Researchers are engaged in researching family histories in Shapinsay and all other parishes in Orkney. All of them are willing to share the results of their research with others.

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