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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Change to Borders Family History Society's Speaker for tomorrow, Sunday, 30 November at Melrose

Borders Family History Society have changed their speaker for tomorrow, Sunday, 30 November at Melrose.
Unfortunately, Mary Craig, who was to have spoken about Beggars, Thieves and Whores - the ultimate medieval outsiders, has suddenly fallen ill.

Instead, they will have two speakers:
  • Enid Cruickshank: Walter and Andrew Haddon, solicitors, of Hawick
  • Gregory Lauder–Frost: Earlier records including privy council records, exchequer rolls and regality records

It's at the same venue, the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN.  See this map for directions.
The talk is open to the public.

More information.

We wish Mary a speedy recovery.

Friday, 7 November 2014

FindMyPast Free Family History Live Broadcast or Webinar on Saturday 8 November

To celebrate Remembrance Weekend, FindMyPast is running a live broadcast or free webinar on Saturday 8 November between 3pm (GMT) and 5.30pm.

The programme includes 6 speakers and covers: getting started, researching your family history, censuses,  British newspapers, military records, tracing ancestors from Ireland, international records.

More details of the programme and speakers.

The webinar is expected to be available later on their blog.

The webinar is followed by a live question and answer session on FindMyPast's Facebook page between 5.30pm (GMT) and 6.30pm.

Please add a comment below, if you learn something useful or get a question answered.

Free Access to FindMyPast This Weekend (7-10 November)

To celebrate Remembrance Weekend, FindMyPast is offering free access to most of their records from noon (GMT) on Friday, 7 November to 11:59am (GMT) on Monday, 10 November.

Use the time to explore their collections of UK parish records, historical newspaper pages, military records and passenger lists.

I used FindMyPast to research much of the information about John Hamilton Hall  and his family, including census records and military records relating to his service in the East India Company's Bengal Infantry from 1819 to 1838.

You'll need to register and log in.

In some respects, FindMyPast is easier to search than Ancestry so give the FindMyPast Free Weekend a whirl and add a comment below if you find something interesting.

Friday, 24 October 2014

See Treasure from North East England

The next lecture of the Friends of Berwick & District Museum and Archives is about Portable Antiquities and Treasure in the North East. 
It's on this evening at 7pm in Berwick Parish Centre.

I'm sure it will be a rare chance to see treasures unearthed locally and an enjoyable talk.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Attend Free Family History Workshops

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who most of us know and refer to as "the Mormons", are running a free family history days from 9am to 4pm on 15 November 2014 at Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland and 30A Colinton Road, Edinburgh.

The program for Edinburgh is that registration starts at 9am and orientation at 9.30 am.

Between 10am and 4pm there will be 4 workshops:
How to Use Family Search
How to Use Family Tree
Scottish Research
Irish Research

The program for Sunderland hasn't been finalised but it starts at 12.30 and goes on to 4pm.
There will be a lunch break but you have to provide your own lunch.

Registration is essential for Edinburgh Family History Day and Sunderland Family History Day, which is followed by 2 subsequent emails.

If that date or those locations aren't convenient, there are fairs in other towns and cities and dates planned - search for your family history day location.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Berwick Record Office Needs You !

The Northumberland Archives, including the Berwick  Record Office has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to find out and make more accessible the archives and information it holds relating to the First World War.

To help them do that, Berwick Record Office is looking for volunteers who want to delve into the archives and find out information about the North Northumberland area and its inhabitants during the World War I.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project and becoming involved, there will be an open meeting in the Berwick Record Office in Wallace Green  on Tuesday 30 September at 2pm.
At the meeting, Linda Bankier will talk about the project and what they hope to achieve.

For further information or if you would like to be involved but can’t attend, please contact Linda Bankier on or telephone (01289) 301865.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Heritage Open Days Weekend, 12 to 14 September

The annual Open Doors weekend takes place in Berwick from 12 to 14 September. Full list of buildings open and events taking place in Northumberland

Some of the following may interest you :

Saturday 13th September : St Oswald’s Way - Enjoy a guided short walk led by Michael Mountney around the Bamburgh area and back via a circular route including part of St Oswald's Way. Going is easy. Distance approximately 5 miles. 10.-00 to 13.00. Meet at the Car Park below Bamburgh Castle.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September : Belford Hall – enjoy a tour of this listed Georgian building. 11.00 to 16.00 each day.
Sunday 14th September : Belford Hidden History Museum Open Day – Find out fascinating stories about the village’s history. This year there is a special focus on World War I. Open 10am to 4pm.

Friday 12th September : Magistrates Court in Church Street, Berwick. You can see around the Court, talk to some of the present JP’s, see a re-enactment of a recent case (11am and 2 pm.) and hear a talk on 19th century crime in Berwick at 3pm. The court is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.45pm.

Friday 12th September : Portraits of Northumberland at Wallace Green Car Park. Come and visit the converted horse wagon and help Julia Barton and Carl von Weiler collect memories of streets, shops and houses in Berwick. Open 10am to 4pm.

Saturday 13th September : Baptist Church in Golden Square. Formerly the Grammar School. Hosting an exhibition on the schools and churches of Golden Square and the Royal Tweed Bridge (the "New Bridge") of 1928, the building of which destroyed the square. Interesting features remain including the Grammar School plaque, the School House plaque, scrolled kneelers on gables and the grooved window sills. Open 10am to 4pm.

Saturday 13th September : Berwick Drill Hall in Ravensdowne. See around the Drill Hall and find out about Berwick in 1914. Open 10am to 1pm.

Saturday 13th September :  Tour of the Council Offices (Old Goal) in Wallace Green. Find out about the history of the building and inspect the cells ! For those not wanting to go on the tour, there will be a small local history exhibition in the foyer of the Council Office building. First tour at 10.30am and then every half hour with last one at 1.30pm.

Saturday 13th September : Ditch to Bastion and Castle Tour  - guided walks led by Jim Herbert. Castle Tour at 09.30 and 13.30, Ditch to Bastion, 11.30 and 15.30. See website for more details.

Saturday 13th September : Portraits of Northumberland at Wallace Green Car Park. See entry for Friday. Open 10.00 – 16.00.

Sunday 14th September : Story of Spittal Guided Walk.  Come and enjoy a guided walk around Spittal and find out more about its history. They start at 11.30 am and 2pm. Meet at the Lifeboat Station at Carr Rock.

Sunday 14th September : Archaeology and Artichokes and Tower Tour – guided walks led by Jim Herbert. Tower Tours at 10.00 and 11.30. Archaeology and Artichokes 13.00;14.30 and 16.00. 

Lowick Sunday 14th September : Lowick Pilgrim Trail. - This walk is organised by Lowick Heritage Group and explores the medieval pilgrim route from Lowick towards Holy Island. It  will follow the pilgrim way from the centre of the village to Hunting Hall. Refreshments  available at Hunting Hall. Starts at Bastle Corner at 2pm. All welcome.

Sunday 14th September : Guided Walk over site of Battle of Homildon Hill. Visitors will be able to take part in a guided walk over the site of the Battle on the date of its 612th anniversary. The walk will last approximately 90 to 120 minutes. Meet at Humbleton at 2pm but check website for details.