These can be amazingly useful but treat them with a degree of scepticism. Many contain mistakes and some have been known to exaggerate links to interesting historical figures. Written in response to public unrest at poor living conditions, the Commission is a fascinating insight into the hard lives of ordinary Highlanders in the 19th century. Its website is found at
Digital copies of all four volumes are at www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/researchold/napier-commission.
A wonderful resource allowing you to read online many old books that are out of print or difficult to get hold of. Paul found several histories of Shetland on here. Other family history-related titles include parish records, court records and gazetteers.