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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Society

Borders Family History Society
52 Overhaugh St
Galashiels, Selkirkshire TD1 1DP UK
Telephone: 01896 750387
Website: Borders Family History Society
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Website #3: Borders Family History Society

We're here to help people with their family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland.

Local Societies

Hawick Archaeological Society
Hawick High School
Hawick TD9 0EG UK
Telephone: 7905 626844
Website: Hawick Archaeological Society
Website #2: Hawick Archaeological Society

In 2016 the Hawick Archaeological Society in Scotland will celebrate its 160th anniversary continuing a long and distinguished history. It has done much to keep alive and foster an interest in the antiquities of the Borders and to preserve and hand down everything that is of great value regarding the customs of the people as well as the history of many of the more notable characters and inhabitants of the town and district.

Hawick Reivers Association
19 Buccleuch Street
Hawick TD9 0HL UK
Telephone: 0741 9319141
Website: Hawick Reivers Association

Hawick Reivers Association organises the Hawick Reivers Festival, which takes place annually over the last weekend in March. The festival aims to entertain and educate all the family. The event focuses on the reiving times in the borderlands and features talks on historical subjects, re-enactments, children's drama and games, a crafts and food market, a medieval banquet, and musical entertainment.

Jedforest Historical Society
The Royal British Legion
57 High St
Jedburgh TD8 6DQ UK
Website: Jedforest Historical Society

The objects of the Society shall be to promote the history of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh in particular and the Scottish Borders in general.

Kelso Heritage Society
Abbey Row Community Centre
The Knowes, Kelso TD5 7BJ UK
Telephone: 01573 224951
Website: Kelso Heritage Society
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Website #3: Kelso Heritage Society
Website #4: Kelso Heritage Society

The Kelso Heritage Society exists to promote the rich and diverse historical, cultural, and environmental heritage of Kelso and district.

Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association
Ormiston Lounge
Ormiston Institute
Market Square
Melrose TD6 9PN UK
Telephone: 01896 822339
Website: Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association

The Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association is an educational group dedicated to the recording and promotion of interest in the history of Melrose and the Scottish Borders.

Yetholm History Society
Mission Hall
Grafton Road
Town Yetholm TD5 8RU UK
Telephone: 01573 420602
Website: Yetholm History Society
Website #2: Yetholm History Society

The society’s purpose is to promote understanding of the local heritage of Yetholm and its environs by stimulating interest in and the recording of the history and archaeology of the area.