Scottish Association of Family History Societies

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, [...]


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 [...]


Filming & Interview at Stobo Kirk

Stobo Kirk - Headstones, Stained Glass & Jougs

Ian from Borders Journeys was recently interviewed and filmed 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. Ian chose Stobo Kirk as a venue as Borders Journeys has taken several homecomers there to research their Scottish [...]


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, [...]


Barbara’s Ancestral Journey leads to Quarriers Village

Quarriers Village

One of Borders Journeys‘ oldest friends Barbara Blackport is back in Scotland for another visit. We organised a tour where Barbara could visit the ancestral roots of her great grandfather William Ferguson in Glasgow and Quarriers Village at Bridge of Weir. William was born in 1858 in Glasgow and orphaned young. He spent time in [...]


Tony’s journey to discover and meet his ancestors

Tony meets relatives at Covington Churchyard

Tony & Joanne Wilson from California are on their fifth trip to Scotland. This time Tony decided that he would spend time researching his ancestral roots and visit where his ancestors had lived in Peeblesshire and South Lanarkshire. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Tony to the places connected with his ancestors. [...]


Doug & Lisa visit to the land of their ancestors

Doug & Lisa at Dalveen Pass

Doug & Lisa Holm are on their first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit the areas connected with their Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Doug & Lisa where they would learn about the people, places and traditions connected with their ancestors. Leaving Edinburgh, our first [...]


Interview with Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland

Laurie, Sylvia & Nancy on their ancestral tours

By Ceris Aston of Borders Journeys It’s been a busy few weeks at Borders Journeys. Over the past fortnight, Ian has led individuals and families from Canada on ancestral tours around Scotland and Northern England  from Tarland in Aberdeenshire to Carlisle in Cumbria. We set up the tours in partnership with Canada-based organisation Genealogy Tours [...]


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

2014 Leaflet 2

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.


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’ [...]


Annandale Herald and Moffat News

Edith, John and Carol Elliot Meet Their Ancestors

Edith, John and Carol Elliot’s ancestral tour to Lockerbie has been reported in the Annandale Herald and Moffat News on Thursday 4th July 2013. Thank you Abbey Morton for your interest in this story. Further details about this tour can be found in our article Edith, John and Carol Meet Their Ancestors. A tailor-made ancestral tour with [...]


Edith, John and Carol Meet Their Ancestors

Edith, John & Carol visit their ancestors in Applegarth Churchyard near Lockerbie

Edith, John and Carol Elliot from Australia contacted Borders Journeys to assist them research their ancestral roots in the Lockerbie area. From our local knowledge we identified the people, places, businesses and burial sites associated with their ancestors. Following our research we went on to design a personal ancestral tour for the family. We collected Edith, [...]


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