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Westray and Papa Westray


Papay: A Guide to Places of Interest: by Jocelyn Rendall. Published by Papay Publications 1992. 46pp.
Comprehensive guide which includes Traill family tree.

Memories of Westray and the Rapness Estate: by Robert Leslie. Published: Orcadian 25 July 1991.

Settlement Patterns in Tuquoy, Westray, Orkney: by William P. L. Thomson. Published 1990.

Papay's Heritage: by Edith Sinclair. Published 1988: Orkney Heritage Society Newsletter pp11-15. Orkney Archives.


New! Mike Bostwick has indexed the Westray censuses for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891.

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Church Records

Old Parish Registers - Westray

Old Parish Registers - Papa-Westray

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

Civil Registration

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

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Description and Travel



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

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[Last updated: 28 March 2005 - Dave Annal]