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A work in progress and a labor of love, theclearances.org offers stories and reminiscences about a two hundred year old blight on the Scottish Highlanders. Beginning in the eighteenth century, a concerted effort was made, for a variety of reasons, to move the Scots off their ancestral Highlands. That effort and the places in which it has occurred have come to be known as the Clearances. A sore legacy, thousands were made to flee and thousands more to die in struggle or famine over the course of the years. This site is dedicated to all who have suffered the impact of the Clearances, to their families, and especially to the fallen and the lost. As the site claims, much of the history of the Clearances are currently and readily available online via other sites. This resource, then, looks to fill in the gaps by offering more personal testimonies of the curse of the Clearances. Thus, it actively solicits visitors to share what they know. At the same time, it serves as an archive to those searching to glean news of their kin and what might have happened to them. Users can search, for instance, ship, port, and parish registries for glimpses of the past. Similarly, they can also contribute anecdotes of their own, drawn from family histories. Beyond the above, visitors to the site can also browse through a collection of historical resources and links offered by the site.
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