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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 talks whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm. The meeting begins at 2.30pm.
There is no admission charge but donations are welcome.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy.
Light refreshments (donation expected) available after the talks.
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.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - Borders Heritage Festival Open Day 10am to 4pm Are your roots in the Borders ? Discover your family history or build your family tree 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP

Build your family tree. Knock down a 'brick wall'. Explore your family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, though we'll still try to help you if your roots are elsewhere.
For more information, see our Archive and Search Room page.

See this map for directions.

Thursday, 29 September 2016 - Borders Heritage Festival Open Day 10am to 4pm Are your roots in the Borders ? Discover your family history or build your family tree. 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP

Build your family tree. Knock down a 'brick wall'. Explore your family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, though we'll still try to help you if your roots are elsewhere.
For more information, see our Archive and Search Room page.

See this map for directions.

Friday, 30 September 2016 - Borders Heritage Festival Open Day 10am to 4pm Are your roots in the Borders ? Discover your family history or build your family tree. 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP

Build your family tree. Knock down a 'brick wall'. Explore your family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, though we'll still try to help you if your roots are elsewhere.
For more information, see our Archive and Search Room page.

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 30 October 2016 - Society Meeting The Great Disruption of 1843 and the Wider Religious Implications by Kenneth McLean, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

Kenneth McLean will talk about the Disruption nationally and in the Borders looking at the make-up of Scottish religious life and the United Secession, Relief and United Presbyterian churches in the middle decades of the 1800s.

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 - Society Meeting Soldiers' Wills by Dr Tristram Clarke, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

An introduction to the collection of Soldiers' Wills, mainly from the First World War which have been digitised and are preserved in the National Records of Scotland.

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 26 February 2017 - Society Meeting The Turnbulls of Abbey St.Bathans and a Descendant, John Turnbull Thomson, the Builder & Surveyor by David Lockie, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

After arriving in the Malay Straits at the age of 17, Thomson soon became responsible for the design and construction of a number of notable engineering works including bridges, roads, and hospitals in Singapore and later in New Zealand.

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 - Society Meeting Farm Servants of South-East Scotland, 1750-1914 by David McLean, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

David McLean spotlights the labourers, hinds and bondagers through the period of improvements in farming in the rich agricultural countryside of Berwickshire, East Lothian and Roxburghshire.

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