Borders Family History Society

Headstone mystery is solved

David & Christina Cunningham - July 2014

A family photograph that belonged to my grandmother of a headstone following a funeral in memory of four children, led me to research their story. Searching ScotlandsPeople Death Index, I found  Christina Cunningham dying aged 8 months, she died of bronchitis and pneumonia on 20th February 1895 at 31 James Street, Pilrig in Edinburgh. Searching the Birth Records, […]


Barbara’s Ancestral Journey to Moffat and Wamphray

Barbara & Dick at Moffat & Wamphray Churchyards

Barbara & Dick Meidinger from Lawrence, Kansas were visiting Scotland to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Barbara contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral tour to Moffat and Wamphray to research her Earsman ancestry. Ahead of Barbara and Dick’s visit, Ian researched the burial records for Moffat and Wamphray Churchyards and located several of Barbara’s […]


Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey to Ettrick

Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey 2

Betty, Renae and Becky were visiting Scotland to research their Scott ancestry in Ettrick and asked Borders Journeys to design an ancestral tour for them. The three ladies were also joined by their cousin Joan and friend Alice. On Day One of their visit Ian gave the ladies a guided tour of Edinburgh visiting the […]


Family Photographs

Sunday Best

An appointment with the photographer was an important occasion for our ancestors in the 19th and 20th century. Looking through family photographs, it is obvious that ‘Sunday best’ was the ‘order of the day’. It’s fascinating looking at old family photos, they are a snapshot of time and of people who are no longer with […]


Who Do You Think You Are? Live – Glasgow 2014

Borders Journeys Backdrop

Who Do You Think You Are? Live will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on the 29th & 30th August 2014. Once again Borders Journeys  has teamed-up with Borders Ancestry to exhibit at this event. If you’re planning to attend Who Do You Think You Are? Live, please come along to stand D35 and […]


Queen Margaret University Press Release

Ian at Scott's View

Who do you think you are? Business specialists identify opportunities in ancestral tourism With the recent interest in programmes such as the BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?’ and the continuous enthusiasm from North America in tracing ancestry, it is no surprise that Scottish businesses are seeing the potential in ancestral tourism. Borders Journeys, […]


Nancy returns to her ancestral roots in the Borders

Borders Family History Society Hawick Heritage Hub Johnstons of Elgin

Nancy Huntley from Canada is visiting Scotland with Genealogy Tours of Scotland to trace her Scottish ancestral roots. Borders Journeys organised a three day ancestral tour for Nancy to visit places associated with her ancestors along with heritage attractions. Collecting Nancy in Edinburgh she first visited Rosslyn Chapel where she marvelled in its historical splendour […]


Ancestral Services Leaflet

Ancestral Flyer

Revealed! Our new Ancestral Services leaflet. Tomorrow Ian and Ceris will be attending the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. We’ll be exhibiting on Stand 56 – if you’re there, come along and say hello to us. Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will […]


Press Release – 10th March 2014

Local ancestry companies draw crowds at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London. 10th March 2014 Edinburgh – Three Borders ancestral and historical research companies recently travelled to Olympia, London to exhibit at Who Do You Think You Are? Live (WDYTYA? Live). Over the last weekend of February, Borders Journeys, Borders Ancestry and Berwick Time […]


Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

Who Do You Think You Are Live 3

Left to Right – Jim, Susie, Jen & Ian / Our Stand / Susie, Jen & Ian Last week Borders Journeys, Borders Ancestry and Berwick Time Lines headed south for the season’s biggest event in the ancestral history calendar: Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Olympia, London. The world’s biggest family history show […]


Borders Journeys’ 2014 Leaflet

We have collected our 2014 leaflet in time to launch it at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at Olympia in London this week. If you would like copies of the leaflet, please contact us and we’ll arrange to deliver them to you. Contact details: Tel: (+44) 0131 450 7151 or (+44) 07794 021819 […]


The Borderers head for Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Who Do You Think You Are

Ian from Borders Journeys along with Susie Douglas from Borders Ancestry and Jim Herbert from Berwick Time Lines will be exhibiting at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at London Olympia from 20th – 22nd February 2014. Come and meet us at Stand 424.


Faith, Mary & Rhoda visit their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders

Faith, Rhoda and Mary's visit to Kirkton Kirk

For several months we have been assisting Faith, Mary & Rhoda from Nebraska to trace their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders. During the ladies’ first visit to Scotland we took the three ladies on an ancestral tour to the places associated with their ancestors at Kirkton and Hawick. Although we know from the Old […]


Murray Family’s Ancestral Tour of the Scottish Borders

Murray Family's Ancestral Tour of the Borders

The Murray family from Maine and New York State visited the Borders to research their family history. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral tour to Stobo, Drumelzier, Glenholm, Broughton and Penicuik Kirkyards. It was a very successful day for the family as we located the final resting places of many of their ancestors. The families being researched […]


Kaz and Jo’s Ancestral Tour

Kaz and Jo's Ancestral Tour

Kaz from Musselburgh along with her cousisn Jo and Billy from Australia had an ancestral tour of Stockbridge in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. The tour started by visiting Saunders Street where their grandmother had lived and where their mothers grew-up; sadly the family home was demolished in the 1960s as part of the regeneration […]


Heather York’s Ancestral Journey to Crawfordjohn

Heather York's Ancestral Journey

Heather and Maurice York from Australia were joined by her distant cousin Elma on an ancestral tour to South Lanarkshire. At Crawfordjohn Heather was delighted to ‘meet’ her great great grandparents – parents of her great grandfather, Andrew Williamson, who emigrated to New Zealand in the 1860s. Heather’s ancestry can be traced back to her […]


Ancestral tour of the Borders, Ayrshire and Paisley

Ancestral tour of Ayrshire and Paisley

Today we took Mr & Mrs Acker and Mrs & Mrs Dunn from Alabama for a private sightseeing tour of the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire and Paisley. The theme of the tour was a visit to places associated with Bill Acker’s ancestry. Top row – Dumfries House & Dundonald Castle Middle row – Mr & Mrs […]


Letter of appreciation

Letter of appreciation

Borders Journeys received this lovely letter of appreciation from John, Carol & Edith Elliot following their ancestral tour to Lockerbie. It’s wonderful to know how much our visitors enjoyed their time with us learning about the people, places and traditions connected to their ancestral heritage. Further details about this tour can be found in our article […]


The Berwickshire News

The Berwickshire News

The Berwickshire News published an article on Thursday 18th July 2013 detailing our ancestral tourism project with Queen Margaret University along with our ancestral services. Details about our ancestral tourism project can be found in our Ancestral Tourism Project with Queen Margaret University. A tailor-made ancestral tour with Borders Journeys takes our visitors on a […]


Ancestral Tourism Project with Queen Margaret University

Ian & Claire sign the project contract

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with Queen Margaret University and Interface on a project to research the ancestral tourism market. Today Ian met with Dr Claire Seaman and Dr Miriam Smith from Queen Margaret University to sign the project contract. The project findings will be used to develop Borders Journeys’ […]


Two Ancestral Tours

Nancy finds the final resting place of her ancestors at Pittenweem.

We met Karen and Nancy , two Canadian ladies who were visiting Scotland to research their Scottish ancestry, at the SAFHS Conference in Galashiels. Both ladies were travelling as part of Genealogy Tours of Scotland and had spent their week in Edinburgh visiting ScotlandsPeople Centre and various other archives in the quest to learn more […]


Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference

Dumfries & Galloway FHS Stand

The 24th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies was hosted by Borders Family History Society in Galashiels on Saturday 11th May 2013. The theme for the conference was “Comings and Goings, Migration and Scotland”. The conference attracted visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. Borders Journeys‘ stand received many enquiries […]


Borders Journeys exhibits at VisitScotland Expo 2013

Travel GBI Article - April 2013

Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership at VisitScotland Expo 2013 L-R Phil McCreadie (Business Gateway), Kara ter Morsche (Gunsgeen House) & Ian Walker (Borders Journeys) Backround L-R Louise Rattray (Roxburghe Estate) & Susan Reid (Roxburghe House & Golf Course) Missing Bill Drew (Tweed Guide) Last week Borders Journeys exhibited for the first time at VisitScotland Expo in […]


Cheryl learns more about her ancestors

Headstone for William James Orford and Harriet E Miller

The photograph of a headstone for William James Orford and his wife Harriet amongst her late father’s effects had intrigued Cheryl Hutchison nee Orford for several years. It was obvious that William and Harriet were connected to her, however she had never heard her father ever mention the couple. Unfortunately none of Cheryl’s relatives could […]


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