Family History

The Heritage Hub is your local Family History Centre, providing access to ScotlandsPeople alongside the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Service.

ScotlandsPeople

The Heritage Hub is a ScotlandsPeople Centre. For £15.00 a day you can have unlimited access to one of the World’s best online sources of original family history information. There are almost 100 million records to look through for Scottish ancestry research, with census, wills, statutory birth, marriage and death, Old Parish Registers and Roman Catholic records and a growing series of Valuation Rolls (property-based but with a lot of names included).

Archives

As well as the friendly, knowledgeable staff trained in genealogy, the Heritage Hub cares for Scottish Borders Archives which could help with your family history research. These records include:

Poor Law records

Kirk Session records

Valuation rolls

Monumental inscriptions

School log books and pupil records

Schools, clubs, societies

Police records – of police employment and of criminals

Business records – including staff information

Various records where personal names have been indexed – see Hubcat

Guides to family history sources are readily available, including via Live Borders Libraries or at the Heritage Hub.

Membership of the Borders Family History Society is helpful too.

Libraries

Live Borders Libraries also offer a range of resources for researching your Border Ancestors:

  • Free access to the genealogy database Ancestry Library Edition
  • 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census records
  • Monumental inscriptions from graveyards across the region
  • Digital collection of Berwickshire Advertiser, Kelso Chronicle, Peeblesshire Advertiser and Southern Reporter newspapers from the Great War period, 1914-1918.
  • Libraries in Galashiels, Hawick, Duns and Jedburgh hold collections of local newspapers on microfilm.