Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Scottish Borders Genealogy Research Tour Itinerary


The itinerary for Scottish Borders Tour in September 2020 is now set:

SUNDAY SEPT 20 – Day of arrival. We will meet in the small meeting room of the hotel at 6:30 pm

MONDAY SEPT 21 – Today the full group will be going to the Borders Archives at the Heritage Hub in Hawick where we will receive an overview of the collections held at the archives as well as a talk about Family History. In addition, there will be the opportunity for five researchers to take advantage of the ScotlandsPeople computers available in the building. There will be a fee of £15 to use the ScotlandsPeople computers. The Centre closes at 3:15 pm

TUESDAY SEPT 22 – Today we will return to the Heritage Hub in Hawick for another full day of research. Again, there will be the opportunity for five researchers to take advantage of the ScotlandsPeople computers available onsite. The Centre is open until 7:15 pm. There is a café onsite.

WEDNESDAY SEPT 23 – Today we will travel to Galashiels for research at the Borders Family History Society. Half of the group will research in the morning and the other half in the afternoon since space is limited. Those not researching can spend time in Galashiels.

THURSDAY SEPT 24 – Today we will return to the Heritage Hub in Hawick for our final full day of research.  Anyone wishing to return to the Borders Family History Society instead may do so.

FRIDAY SEPT 25 – Today the group will be split in half. Half will remain in Melrose and can visit some historic sites (Abbotsford House, Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys, Trimontium Museum. The other half of the group will be travelling to Moffat via Selkirk for a day of touring. We will stop in both towns.

SATURDAY SEPT 26 – Today the two groups will switch places with yesterday’s Melrose group going to Selkirk and Moffat and the other group remaining in Melrose.

SUNDAY SEPT 27 – The tour ends today when we check out of the hotel.

If you have roots in the Scottish Borders and wish to join us: 




Monday, 11 February 2019

Orkney Research Tour Itinerary


Here's the Itinerary the Genealogy Research Tour in Orkney 2020:

Sunday May 24 – day of arrival. We will meet in the hotel bar at 6:30 pm

Monday May 25 – Bank Holiday – the archives will be closed today, so this day will be given over to sightseeing. Half of the group will remain in Kirkwall while the other half travels to the eastern part of the mainland to see the Churchill Barrier, the Italian Chapel and the Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre where there are archival documents for the island of Burray. The two groups will switch places in the afternoon.

Italian Chapel
Tuesday May 26 – Full group will attend the archives in the morning for an overview of the records and a behind the scenes tour. Full day of research for the group. Please note that volunteers from the Orkney Family History Society will be in the library from 2pm – 4:30 pm. Half of the group will be going to Maeshowe chambered cairn for the last tour of the day at 4 pm. We will leave Kirkwall at 3:20

Maeshowe

Wednesday May 27 – Half of the group will be going to the Archives today for a full day of research. Please note that the Orkney Family History Society will be in the library from 2pm – 4:30 pm

The other half of the group will take a trip to the Western mainland to see the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and Skaill House. Lunch will be at Orkney Brewery. Those who wish can take a tour. It lasts about 45 minutes and includes a flight of craft beers after the tour is over. Those not wishing to take the tour can hang out in the café. The tour is £7

Skara Brae

Thursday May 28 – Yesterday’s two groups will switch places today with half of the group going to the Archives today for a full day of research. Please note that the Orkney Family History Society will be in the library from 2pm – 4:30 pm. The other half of the group will take a trip to the Western mainland to see the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and Skaill House. Lunch will be at Orkney Brewery. Those who wish can take a tour. It lasts about 45 minutes and includes a flight of craft beers after the tour is over. Those not wishing to take the tour can hang out in the café. The tour is £7

Orkney Brewery 

Friday May 29 - Full group will attend the archives in the morning for an overview of the records and a behind the scenes tour. Full day of research for the group. Please note that volunteers from the Orkney Family History Society will be in the library from 2pm – 4:30 pm. Half of the group will be going to Maeshowe chambered cairn for the last tour of the day at 4 pm. We will leave Kirkwall at 3:20

Saturday May 30 – Today will be a day to take in the sights and history of Orkney. I will be taking people into Stromness while others remain in Kirkwall. Please note that the Orkney Family History Society is open ALL day today for anyone wishing to research. Their hours are 11 am – 4:30 pm

Stromness

To join the Orkney Genealogy Research Tour: