Ancestral Services

William J & Mary Walker Nee ThorburnAncestral Research

Where do you come from? What stories lie in your family history? Have you ever wondered? Maybe you’ve hit a dead end in your research or just don’t know where to start.

I can help. Simply tell me what you know so far and I will not only give you research advice but will investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. I will research your family history with commitment and enthusiasm, connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.

As well as years of expertise in ancestral research, I have at my disposal a wide range of historical and genealogical resources including the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, local and private archives and online resources. Where possible I will visit the area where your ancestors lived and photograph their home, local church and headstone, offering you an insight into their lives.

William J Walker - November 1910On completion of my research, you will receive a comprehensive ancestral report which will include:

• Copies of original Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
• Parish Register entries
• Census Returns
• Wills if they exist
• Other related documents
• Photographs where possible

Details of my research fees can be found on the Ancestral Research Fees page. By undertaking research on your behalf I cannot guarantee how much information can be sourced from the available records in the agreed timescale. Please note that the agreed fees are for my time, not for the information uncovered.

I am passionate about genealogy, with an interest in family and social history stemming from my childhood listening to my Grandpa telling stories of our family’s past. Over a period of twenty years, I have successfully researched and recorded the family lines of my 64, great, great, great, great grandparents. After meticulously researching my own ancestry, I decided to carry out ancestral research professionally receiving glowing recommendations from clients from around the world. I have researched families in all areas of Scotland, my particular research expertise is in Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire, and the Scottish Borders.

See my testimonials from appreciative clients for research work that I have done.

Jackie & Frank Cichon at Bunkle KirkrkyardAncestral Tours

Do you want to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors?

I will design a tailor-made ancestral tour especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you will connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you will have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from, which you can share with present and future generations.

The cost of a full-day guided ancestral tour starts from £395.00 which includes all planning, tour guide and transport costs.
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This short film was recorded at Stobo Kirk by Thomas Hogben from DP Digital Media. The interview about ancestral tourism in Scotland was commissioned by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Tourism Intelligence Scotland.

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Borders Journeys is registered with VisitScotland Ancestral Welcome Scheme.

I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), an international organisation with a strict code of conduct.

Contact me for details about my ancestral research services or tours.

Contact details:

Tel: (+44) 07794 021819

Email: Ian@bordersjourneys.co.uk

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