Genealogy is going to be the subject of a new course at Lews Castle College, available from January.

The College, which is working in partnership with Seallam, the family history research centre in Northton, says the 12-week course delivered by renowned Islands genealogist Bill Lawson will be available online with tutorial support.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to make a family tree, research the story of one member of that family tree, and receive information regarding how to access useful primary sources, such as Census Records and Parochial Registers.

Bill, pictured above when he recently delivered a public lecture at Lews Castle College on the subject of emigration from the Western Isles, said of the new development: "Tracing your family tree is a good introduction to the history of your family and your home, and I’m pleased to be involved in the delivery of this course with Lews Castle College UHI"

Sheila MacLennan, college Assistant Principal said: “We are delighted to have the expertise of Bill to support participants on this new online module.

"This is an exciting opportunity and a unique chance to explore family trees. We appreciate very much working with Bill and the wealth of information he has at his disposal to share with others.”

The course will focus on the Highlands and Islands and the Gaelic diaspora. 

The course start date is Wednesday 6thFebruary, 4pm.