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Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) Conference and Family History Fair
11th May 2013

The 24th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies was hosted by us, and was held within the Scottish Borders Campus (and Heriot-Watt University), Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE, Scotland from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 11th May, 2013.

The theme for the conference was "Comings and Goings, Migration and Scotland".

There is wheelchair access to the building and a toilet for people with disabilities.
It was easy to get to (many used the Traveline gadget) and there was parking next to the campus and in the surrounding streets.

Driving ?
Coming into Galashiels follow signs to Town Centre, then Heriot-Watt Uni, Heriot-Watt University, or University. Don't follow signs to the bus station.
If you have Sat-Nav use the postcode, TD1 3HE.


Provisional Programme

8am Doors opened for exhibitors
9am Delegates' Registration opened
10am Family History Fair opened
10am Welcome
10.05am Talk: Scotland and Migration by Dr Ian Wotherspoon
11.05am Talk: Droving and Drove Roads in Northumberland by Dr Ian Roberts
11.55am      Talk: Emigration & Immigration Records on the Internet by Ken Nisbet
1.30pm Talk: Researching the Buccleuch Records by Andrew Armstrong
2.20pm Talk: Border Shepherds in Caithness by Jennifer Bruce
3.10pm Talk: Migration Stories at the National Portrait Gallery by Sheila Asante
3.55pm Closing speeches
4.30pm Family History Fair closes

Conference Delegate Bookings

The delegate fee was £15.
This included all talks but excluded lunch and refreshments apart from the initial tea and coffee.

If you have any questions about being a delegate, please use our Contacts page, and select the Contact Type 'Conference Delegate'.

Family and Local History Fair

Interested in family history?
Many people came to meet the experts from Family History Societies, Scotlandís People, various Archives and many other organisations.
10am to 4.30pm.
Admission was free.

Family and Local History Fair Exhibitors

The Campus cafe provided refreshments and snacks throughout the day, all reasonably priced.

A raffle was held on the day and winners, who have not collected their prizes, will be contacted.
There were 2 prize quizzes.