Library lessons in tracing your family history

Four sessions of guiding through researching family history are planned in April at Galashiels library
Four sessions of guiding through researching family history are planned in April at Galashiels library

A series of family history guidance sessions are taking place in Galashiels Library throughout April to help people interested in discovering more about their heritage.

Designed for those who wish to delve into the past of their Scottish ancestors, the sessions will be managed by Live Borders’ libraries and archives staff with training in genealogy.

They will be on hand to answer any queries from those going along, and use of free online resources will also be available.

At the first of these sessions, members of the public are invited to drop in with any questions about how and where to begin.

Booking is essential for the remaining three sessions, all focusing on free online resources available in Live Borders libraries.

In addition, two sessions will have a First World War theme, in partnership with the library team’s £55,000 project to save and share Borderers’ recollections of the Great War.

They will focus on Ancestry Library Edition’s British Army service records and digitised versions of Borders newspapers from 1914 to 1918.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Live Borders, said: “As we are currently within the centenary commemorations of the First World War, the two sessions with a Great War focus will hopefully aid those currently undertaking, or hoping to undertake, research into the experience of their ancestors or the impact of the war on the Borders.”

The last session will look at Historic Environment Scotland’s Scran online learning research service.

The project is supported by the Scottish Government’s public library quality improvement fund, and all sessions are free, but booking is essential for the final three sessions due to limited capacity.

To book, call Galashiels Library on 01896 664170 or email
libgalashiels@liveborders1.org.uk

Sessions are being held on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25.