From Eday to There


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My name is Ray Millar and I have been researching my Genealogical background for a relatively short time, starting in 2004 when I retired.

My roots originate from the Orkney Islands, the bit that is often shown as an inset at the top of the UK weather chart.

My Family tree includes my wife Barbara's line which extends back to before 1500, almost to the reign of Richard the Third and to before Henry the Eighth. Barbara's ancestors originate mainly from Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the London area in England.

My own line traces Orkney ancestors to the mid 1700's as many records only started around then, and then migrates to distant shores when many Orcadians took the decision to emigrate to Australia,Canada New Zealand and the like.

To date there are over 50,000 names on my Family Tree, and uniquely, all the names on this family tree are linked together. The website will display somewhat fewer than that to protect the privacy of living individuals. 

The website does however, include over 95% of the families from the Orkney island of Eday that provide the backbone of the Family Tree, hence the name of this site, “From Eday to There”

It will also include details of births and marriages from Old Parish Records and copies of BMD register certificates, "Reproduced with the kind permission of the Registrar General for Scotland".

 All the Eday and Pharay Census Records will be displayed and will include a spouse’s maiden name wherever possible.

 Images of all the headstones and their inscriptions from both the New Kirkyard and from St Mary's Old Kirkyard, Eday can also be viewed on this website.

  The website will also display a list of all the Church Ministers that carried out baptisms on Eday between 1789 and 1855, the  Registrars for Eday from 1855 onward, and a list of  the homes and Rentals paid by the tenants of Eday.


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