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Borders Family History Society

Library Charges
  • Free, though donations always welcome
Research Costs
  • Half an hour of research time costs &GBP;7.50 (members) &GBP;10 (non members).
Open Hours
  • 1st April to 31st October: Thursdays from 10 am to 3.45 pm (pre-booking advisable). Other days and times by appointment (pre-booking essential). Space is extremely limited. Book via our Contacts page, selecting Archive Appointment Request and await response.
Approximate Membership
  • 800
Membership Cost
  • Varies - see the Join Us page
  • 3 times per year, usually March, June and October - members only
  • 1985

Borders Family History Society concentrates on the Scottish Borders region in south-eastern Scotland.
The Scottish Borders region comprises the old Border counties (Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire), and part of the former Midlothian and Edinburghshire counties.

We're here to help people with their family history primarily in the Scottish Borders region, as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland.


Recording of monumental/gravestone/tombstone inscriptions in the Scottish Borders.
Transcribing Poor Law registers and related records
Transcribing Police records
Transcribing Criminal records
Transcribing Sudden Deaths and Accident records
Kith and Kin column in Border Telegraph and Peeblesshire News newspapers

Our Scots Genealogy Research


Professional Scottish genealogist offering genealogy research services, one-to-one on-site assistance/training in the Edinburgh Archives, genealogy courses/tutorials and entertaining presentations for visiting tours.

Scottish Ancestral Trail

Open Hours
  • All the time any time!
  • 2003

We create unique vacations in Scotland and the UK for the descendants of Scots who want to visit the places associated with their family history. 

For family groups, couples and singles - with your own driver if you prefer.

Holidays can follow your personal family history or your clan or family name.

We hold genealogy day courses at the Scotland People Centre in Edinburgh.

We market a 'Genealogy Tour' through Brightwater Holidays.


Scotland's Greatest Story

Research Costs
  • £18 per hour (one hour minimum), plus any expenses incurred
  • 2006

  • All research carried out by genealogist Chris Paton, BA (Hons), HND, PgDip Genealogical Studies
  • Basic family tree research - using many private records in Scotland not available online.
  • Overcoming brick walls - including the use of Scottish church records not available online (non-established churches), land records, and other sources.
  • Site visits to photograph ancestral homes and relevant gravestones
  • Contextual research - tracing articles and publications written by or about your ancestors, providing an understanding of the times in which they


ScotlandsPeople: The place to launch your Scottish research

ScotlandsPeople - what it is, what records are available, how to search effectively and what are the charges.

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