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Our Archive and Search Room is open every Monday from 6pm to 8pm, and every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.

What's On - Forthcoming Events

We warmly invite you to attend the talk whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm. The meeting begins at 2.30pm.
There is no admission charge.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy.
Light refreshments available after the talk.
If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.
Except where otherwise indicated, meetings are held in the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN.
See this map for directions.

Speakers at meetings occasionally need to be changed at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond our control.

Sunday, 26 April 2015 - Society Meeting Crimes of an Heinous Nature - Looking at some High Court Trials by Margaret Fox, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

Margaret will be looking into the darker side of life across the Scottish Borders during the 18th and 19th centuries, examining not only crimes which have long passed into oblivion but also those which are still making the headlines today.
Drawing on her extensive research in the High Court of Justiciary case papers in the National Records of Scotland, she will range from the political to the domestic, and from the violent to the less so, showing how these records serve to illustrate societal changes and illuminate the past in a unique way.
She will also dip into Lord Cockburn’s ‘Circuit Journeys’ which gives a truly fascinating insight into 19th century crime and criminals from the perspective of a judge who was not afraid to speak his mind!

See this map for directions.

Saturday, 2 May 2015 to Sunday, 3 May 2015 - Family and Local History Conference and Fair Bygone Borderlands The Guildhall, Berwick Upon Tweed, England,

On Saturday 2 May (11am to 4.30pm) and Sunday 3 May (11am to 4pm).

This is a free event for anyone interested in finding out more about their family history and the local area. Several local history societies will be putting on displays about their village or town and there will be volunteers available to assist with family history queries. There will also be bookstalls and talks on the subjects. Don’t think this event is just for adults ! Activities for children are also planned ! The last time a similar event was held a record number of visitors attended. Please don't miss this great opportunity. For further information contact Linda Bankier, Archivist, Berwick Record Office

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 31 May 2015 - Society Meeting Hatches, Matches and Dispatches by Marjorie Gavin, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

A light hearted and somewhat irreverent look at births, marriages and deaths from 1700 to 1900.

See this map for directions.

Saturday, 22 August 2015 - Stand at Event Lanarkshire Family History Show 9:45am to 4.30pm Motherwell Concert Hall & Theatre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB, Scotland

Family history societies, historical and heritage groups, archives and research facilities from around Scotland. Free Parking, Cafe open all day. Wheelchair & disabled friendly. Speakers: Chris Fleet - National Library of Scotland Maps Chris Paton – Using Newspapers for Family History Research Tristram Clarke - "In The Event of my Death" - Solidiers Wills at National Records of Scotland. Graham Maxwell - Tracing your illegitimate ancestors in the Sheriff Court records. See to buy tickets.

See this map for directions.

Other Events that may be of interest

There's a long list of events by members of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.

Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland

Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland