The new Orkney Library & Archive opened in new premises in December 2003. The ground floor houses the main lending library, reference room, children's library and administration block while most of the upper floor is devoted to the Archives and Local History department, including the photographic and sound archives. The Orkney Family History Society are also based there.
The Archives Department stores the following records which may be of use to genealogists:
IGI (International Genealogical Index) for Scotland. [1988 edition]
IGI (International Genealogical Index) for Orkney and Shetland. [1992 edition]
Microfilm copies of Decennial Census Returns for Orkney, 1841-1901
Printed copies of the Decennial Census Returns for Orkney, 1841-1901
Manuscript copies of census returns for six Orkney parishes, 1821
Microfilm copies of Old Parish Registers for Orkney, (baptisms, marriages, and some deaths/burials up to 1854)
Microfilm copies of the two Orkney weekly newspapers, (The Orcadian, 1854 to present and The Orkney Herald, 1860-1961).
Other records held in the Archives which may be useful in family history research:
Local authority records
Local estate papers
Orkney Sheriff Court Records
(incl. wills 1830-1980)
Register of Sasines (1781-1947)
Records of established
and secession churches
Earldom and Bishopric Rentals*
Transcripts of Monumental Inscriptions**
Sound & Photographic Archives
* Some of these records are also held by the National Records of Scotland.
** Some of these records are also held by the Orkney Family History Society.