Shiels – without the dreaded “d”

Our Shiels Family History research takes us back to about 1670 with Micheal Shiels. We published a book back in 2002 and most of that book is included on this website.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have been able to catch up on my history. I have been working on my Ancestry File (danshiels) and you will see many changes there. Although this site is focused on descendants of Thomas Shiels and Barbara Jean Cranston, changes are coming to expand to other branches as well. If you are connected to the Shiels family in any way, please send a note to  Look forward to hearing from you.

Please take a minute to sign our Guestbook and let us know you were here. Also check out our new Family Photos!

Michael’s Great-great Grandson was Thomas Shiels (1795) who married Barbara Jean Cranston. Our detailed histories start with their children and we list each generation as Gx, with their children as G1, Grandchildren as G2 etc. Although there are a number of stories from 1670 onward, this site currently focuses on four brothers and their descendant in Scotland and North America. Photos of these four brothers are included (left to right) below with Thomas (1819); John (1826); George (1828) and William (1833).


History shows that Michael came here from Ireland and started a weavers community at East Mains, near Biggar, Scotland. The photos below show the earliest photo we have and the latest in 1980. The property remained in the Shiels family name until 1980 when it was sold.


This site is dedicated to all those Shiels Family members that have spelt their name and said “No D” please!

This site has Public and Private information. To protect privacy, you will need a username and password to access history of living members. Please follow the menu above to get started.

If you are connected to the Shiels family in any way and want to learn more of the private information, please send an email to to gain access. We will send you back a user name and password for access to the members area and the detailed histories.

Help us Improve

In family history, it is always exciting to find where we came from. There is always that one more challenge and the most difficult part is keeping it up to date for future generations. We would be happy to add any additional information you may have, including any updates and photos on what we have as well as births, weddings and deaths since our book was published. We look forward to hearing from you. We are also looking to expand and fill in some missing families so we can really use your help.

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Dan Shiels
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Descendant of the John Shiels Line