Thursday, June 30, 2011

Heritage Hub / Borders FHS Liaison Meeting

Mary Thomson and I met Rachel Hosker and Juline Baird of the Heritage Hub yesterday (29/06/11). This was the latest of our rather too infrequent liaison meetings with the staff of the Hertiage Hub – otherwise the Scottish Borders Archive.

Both the Poor Law and Police Record indexing projects continue to progress although we were not in a position to indicate when the next CD would be published. During the discussions it emerged that all extant Police Records for Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk prior to the formation of Lothian & Borders Police were with the Hub.  Some Peebles material may have ended up in Edinburgh, as at one time Peeblesshire shared its police force with Midlothian.

There are options for a few people to work on original documents at the Hub.  This might involve indexing documents or completing 'box listings'.  Anyone who can read old hand writing, is familiar with Latin or Old Scots, or, understands the Scottish legal system would be particularly welcome.  Some Town Council records for Hawick, Jedburgh and Selkirk dating from 1600 – 1900 have been digitised and there is another possible project there although this one will be quite complex.

A recent decision by the Information Commissioner means that School Admission Rolls are closed for 100 years. Hub staff no longer have discretion to review more recent records or provide access to relevant data.  At present the Information Commissioner’s decision does not appear to apply to School Log Books.

Rachel suggested that it is likely to be more fruitful to make requests for school records through The Hub. Not only are they known to many school staff but they may be able to suggest alternative sources of information. For example, they have a long series of the Berwickshire High School magazine.

The Kirk Session records returned to the Hub by the National Records of Scotland (the combined National Archives of Scotland and General Register Office for Scotland) are those in classes CH2 and CH3 for parishes in the Borders. In many cases, piece numbers are given in the relevant parish pages on our web site where they will still be listed under the National Archives for Scotland.

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