Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Digging Up Your Roots - Special Programme to Look at Scottish Diaspora

The producer of BBC Radio Scotland's family history programme 'Digging Up Your Roots', Rhona Brudenell, has announced a one-off hour long programme looking at the Scottish diaspora which will be aired during the Commonwealth Games.
She wants to feature stories of people who have researched their family history and uncovered interesting tales of Scots who left their homeland to seek new lives elsewhere (in particular, to countries which are now part of the British Commonwealth) or people who live overseas whose family history research brought them back here to Scotland?   Either way, she would love to hear from you!

Her direct contact details are:
Phone 01224 384881
or email her at rhona.brudenell AT  bbc.co.uk, replacing the spaces and AT with the @ sign.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Magazine Article Index Updated

The index to the articles in our magazine has been updated to the latest issue.

There are now more than 1,500 topics indexed.

Search the Article Index.

There's a full set of our magazines in each of the Scottish Borders libraries and at our own research room at Old Gala House, Galashiels.

Alternatively, we'll be pleased to send you a photocopy of any article at a cost of £1 plus postage; please email Mary Thomson or send a message via our Contacts page choosing 'Order for Publications' from the contact type list.

Friday, March 14, 2014

St Boswells Fair

St Boswells Community Council are organising an exhibition about St Boswells Fair which will be held in St Boswells Public Hall from 18 to 20 July. The Hawick Heritage Hub will be putting on a display about the gypsies and the fair and we will have a stall too. If you have any photos or memorabilia relating to the fair and would be willing to lend them for the exhibition, please contact Ralph Parker on 01835 822528.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Friends of Kelso Museum Syllabus

Members might be interested in the following series of lectures during March by;


March 2014
Abbey Row Community Centre
Room 4    7:30 p.m. except 26th March lecture

Women’s Suffrage - a Border Perspective
Gordon Macdonald                                                                      
75 Years of Photography in Kelso
Alistair Innes
Dinah Iredale
Kelso THI update – Mark Douglas
BArch, Dip Arch,Dip T&CP, PG Cert BA(PSM), IHBC

followed by
Kelso Abbey and a mid sixteenth century proposal  for its fortification
Professor Richard Fawcett,

All welcome
Entry by donation (Free to Friends of Kelso Museum)

For further information please contact 01573 224 951

Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Family History Site for Glasgow

The latest VisitScotland newsletter, as well as containing a Homecoming 2014 video with great landscapes and weird music but doesn't mention the Scottish Borders, also has a link to a family history site for Glasgow that I've not seen before.

It turns out to be the  new Mitchell Library family history centre.

It has a blog and a wide variety of family history and social history guides.