Berwick makes mark at family history exhibition

Tthe Berwick Time Lines stall proves popular in London
Tthe Berwick Time Lines stall proves popular in London
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Jim Herbert hopes Berwick Record Office will receive a “small avalanche of enquiries” after representing the town at the country’s premier family history exhibition in London.

The historian, who runs the Berwick Time Lines business, was joined by Susie Douglas of Borders Ancestry and Ian Walker of Borders Journeys at ‘Who Do You Think You Are - Live’.

Jim explained: “It was Susie’s idea to combine all three businesses at the show. She recognised that our services compliment each other and that this was an opportunity, not only to give us exposure, but to showcase the Borders and Northumberland.

“It’s been extremely tiring, standing all day and talking to members of the public trying too trace their ancestors. I don’t deal with genealogy like the others, but was hoping that I might be able to help people find out more about the social context of their families.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how many people did have roots in Berwick and Tweedmouth and hopefully they will follow up their enquiries. I think Berwick Record Office may get a small avalanche of enquiries soon!

“It was also a great opportunity to explain Berwick’s heritage, its importance in the past and how it shaped the country. Many were most impressed by the possibility of Berwick and Northumberland as a holiday destination and especially the Berwick 900 celebrations next year.”