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Shetland Amenity Trust's main office in Lerwick.
Shetland Amenity Trust's main office at Garthspool in Lerwick.

THE LOCAL family history society is in the process of moving its office to Shetland Amenity Trust’s headquarters.

The Shetland Family History Society is moving into the trust’s Garthspool building in Lerwick from its Hillhead base.

The long-term plan is for the group to be housed within the Shetland Museum and Archives, with that move expected to be made within the next two years.

The Shetland Family History Society building at Hillhead. Photo: Shetland News

A report presented to SAT trustees on Wednesday from head of operations Adam Johnson described the link-up as a “welcome collaboration that has been favoured by all”.

He said that the current family history office at 6 Hillhead is in poor condition, with damp a major problem.

“I touched the wall and it just disintegrated,” Johnson said.

Trustee Frank Robertson said the society would fit in “extremely well” with the museum and archives.

The move to Garthspool is under way, although it is anticipated to take a “little while” before it is completed.

It is expected that the long-term move to the museum and archives would include having to reconfigure the building’s foyer area.

The Shetland Family History Society was formed in 1991 and it offers people help and advice as they research their ancestry and genealogy.