Friday, August 29, 2014

Free Access to Ancestry Canada until 2 September

Ancestry Canada appears to be offering free access to worldwide family history records and images for a limited period.

Their advert page says the offer ends at midnight on 1 September and assuming that's in the westernmost part of Camada, that's 8am British time.

As with other Ancestry offers, you'll presumably need to log in, so if you haven't already done so, register fee and log in.

Search Ancestry Canada.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bygone Borderlands Celebration 2014 - 10am to 4pm on 6 and 7 September

It's an event for children and adults  - a weekend long celebration of Border heritage and history, reflecting on last year’s commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

It takes place at The Haining, Selkirk from 10am to 4pm on 6 and 7 September.

As well as Borders Family History Society, there’ll be displays by Berwick Record Office, the Hawick Heritage Hub, Jedburgh Grammar School, primary schools in Hawick, Lilliesleaf and Selkirk; an arts and crafts tent, a storytelling and quill writing tent, and a tent for talks and music. Refreshments will be for sale, too.

I hope they don't run out of quills, I calculated last night that it's more than 50 years since I last used a quill pen, in earnest, at primary school.

Programme of talks and music:

Please note: There’s room only for disabled parking (blue badge holders) at The Haining, so they’re asking people to park at Selkirk High School (enter from Hillside Terrace) and there’ll be a free shuttle bus to take visitors to and from the Haining.

Admission is free, so we hope that you’ll all come and see us sometime this weekend.

Download the Bygone Borderlands 2014 brochure.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dunse Bowling Club Silver Prize Medal - Won by P. Robson, Duns, July 1882

This prize medal came up in a Google search for something on Sunday.
I've always wanted to find prize medals won by my ancestors but it's not happened yet though perhaps they didn't win anything that came with a medal.

This prize medal is made of silver and set in an ornate frame.
On one side it says "Presented to the Dunse Bowling Club by Messrs Farrington & Smith Edinr 1878".
on the other, "Won by P. Robson Duns July 1882." with some hallmarks.

He's not in the Duns Monumental Inscriptions volume and I wonder who he was and where he was buried.

Was he one of your ancestors ?

If you're interested in acquiring it, it's offered for sale by Alnwick British & Colonial Coins & Tokens at £50.