Welcome to my family history website! In October 2005 I took the work compiled throughout his life by my father, Alexander Sandison (1914-1990), and set up this database. He had concentrated mainly on the Sandisons of Shetland his paternal grandfather having moved away from Unst to become a Congregational minister in London in 1880.
I have been adding branches to the tree to include the families of my other three grandparents: Gold, Roscoe, and Struthers; my husbands' families: Mainland, MacIver, Horner, Mitchell, Cunningham, and Ireland; those of my first cousins: Mackay, Orton, and Rickson; as well as many "cousins of cousins". This has taken me up and down many times and out to the tips of some very distant twigs.
So far, there are over 65,000 individuals listed on the database and the number is increasing all the time. They range from kings and queens through notable people such as H G Wells, Beatrix Potter, and the Pankhursts.
Although I obviously cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, I have tried to stick to facts which can be substantiated elsewhere and am concentrating on building up the connections and extending the tree.
I recently began changing the display of surnames to indicate their relationship to me: those with surnames in uppercase letters are related to me by blood; those with one asterisk at the end are blood relatives of my Mainland son and daughter (some of these are also related to me through common Shetland ancestors); and those with two asterisks are blood relatives of my Horner daughter. This is a slow process and is far from complete.
Anyone who is seeking Shetland families in general should visit the comprehensive Shetland Family History website run by Tony Gott.
Anne Cunningham - Scotland, July 2014