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Borders Family History Society

Library Charges
  • Free, though donations always welcome
Research Costs
  • Half an hour of research time costs &GBP;7.50 (members) &GBP;10 (non members).
Open Hours
  • 1st April to 31st October: Thursdays from 10 am to 3.45 pm (pre-booking advisable). Other days and times by appointment (pre-booking essential). Space is extremely limited. Book via our Contacts page, selecting Archive Appointment Request and await response.
Approximate Membership
  • 800
Membership Cost
  • Varies - see the Join Us page
  • 3 times per year, usually March, June and October - members only
  • 1985

Borders Family History Society concentrates on the Scottish Borders region in south-eastern Scotland.
The Scottish Borders region comprises the old Border counties (Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire), and part of the former Midlothian and Edinburghshire counties.

We're here to help people with their family history primarily in the Scottish Borders region, as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland.
We record monumental/gravestone/tombstone inscriptions (MIs), and research local social history and publish the results in our books and CDs; we also sell other relevant genealogical publications. Our MIs now cover over 5,000 distinct surnames in the Borders.
Members get a 44 page magazine three times a year and discounts on monumental inscriptions volumes, Scotland'sPeople vouchers and research service, and free access to GEDCOM family trees by email.
Visitors can use our site to further their research by recording their Surname Interests (free), viewing others' Queries and Surname Interests (currently 9,300 interests recorded - covering more than 2,380 surnames), searching the indexes to our publications: the Gravestones Index, the Magazine Article Index, the Poor Law Records Index, the Family Trees Index (550 family trees held now cover more than 4,100 distinct surnames), or raising discussion topics in the Forums.

You can ask us to do research for you.


Recording of monumental/gravestone/tombstone inscriptions in the Scottish Borders.
Transcribing Poor Law registers and related records
Transcribing Police records
Transcribing Criminal records
Transcribing Sudden Deaths and Accident records
Kith and Kin column in Border Telegraph and Peeblesshire News newspapers