Hebrides.ca publications - Understanding Croft Books
An Encyclopedia of every family that was cleared from Lewis and sent to the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Each family are assigned an ID-address number, village or township and head of family, spanning over three to four generations (1838-2000).
Quebec Crofts book are fictional addresses based on the Lewis Croft system. As an example, my grandfather’s mothers people came from 7 Fivepenny Ness, but his grandparents were originally from 13/14 Skigersta, Ness and even before that North Rona. When visiting the Historical Society in Habost, Ness, and request to view the village records I can can cross reference 7 Fivepenny with 13/14 Skigersta to see the entire family tree for each generation. As expected this is an endless journey through dates, marriages and the many different villages throughout Lewis, Quebec and beyond.
In the Eastern Townships, as stated such croft system do not exist. So I laid out the original families from Lewis and where they first settled in the Eastern Townships and created a numbering system based on the township or village.
Lingwick (Township) Crofts: Lingwick-Gould, Galson, North Hill, Red Mountain, Victoria Hill and Fisher Hill
Winslow (Township) Crofts: Stornoway and Winslow
Because Lewis families in Quebec were such a tight knit community, the first three generations rarely married outside their villages and religion. Making the entire Lewis settlement somehow cross-linked with each other in someway or another. In some instances, families that were cleared from Lewis left relatives behind including parents, siblings and cousins , which are included along with some personal notes and stories.
Each family are allocated a croft number within the village and township they settled. When a family member from #11 North Hill marries and moves to 15 Winslow, this starts another family and begins a new chain which ties each Quebec Croft book together while keeping it organized. With a database of over 35,000, you will be amazed how the Lewis families in Quebec are link to one another.
Lingwick Crofts - which includes Lingwick-Gould, North Hill, Galson, Red Mountain, Victoria Rd and Fisher Hill. With over 125 families expanding over three to four generations, from those who stayed in Lewis and those who were cleared to the Eastern Townships are documented and allocated to a fictional address, each family styled like the crofts in Lewis, Lingwick and Stornoway Crofts
Stornoway-Winslow Crofts - Winslow and Stornoway contains over 91 families cross-linked with Lingwick crofts and other future Croft Books (Tolsta, Dell, Whitton)
Hebrides.ca publications - Cemetery Books
Cemetery books are an index for the Croft books. Listings include grave information, parents, spouse, croft address and where the original family came from in Lewis.
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