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The Kirkyards of Stromness and Graemsay: Compiled and published by Stromness Parish Kirk. 1999.

The social and economic development of Stromness 1790-1850: by Ingrid E. Donaldson. 1986. Located in Orkney Archives, Kirkwall: Ref: D1/413.

Stromness - Late 19th Century Photographs: by Robert H. Robertson. Published 1972 by Orkney Natural History Society.
59 evocative photographs of the town and its inhabitants.

Victoria Street United Free Church, Stromness 1806-1906: by W. D. Firth. Published 1906

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 parish of Stromness.
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 Stromness and all other parishes in Orkney. All of them are willing to share the results of their research with others.

James Irvine will be happy to help those researching the histories of families from Outerdown.


Stromness - 150 years as a Burgh 1817-1967: by J. A. Troup and Frank Eunson. Published by Stromness Museum. 1967.

History of Stromness 1900-1972: by George S. Robertson. Private publication. 1972. 23pp.
Lists occupants of shops and businesses over the period.

Stromness and the 'Nor-Wast': by Johnny Pottinger. Published In the Orkney View August 1994.

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