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  • #AncestryHour 20/01/2016

    An information exchange for family historians is now firmly established at #AncestryHour, which began in 2014 as a Twitter-based service set up by Borders Ancestry. This continues on a regular weekly basis on Tuesday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.00pm (GMT) when anyone with a Twitter account can join in with questions, information or opinions about any aspect of genealogy.

    It has now been supplemented by a Facebook page and a website with a blog provided by a guest editor.  And its latest initiative is a Forum which can facilitate live chat sessions among groups of members with...


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  • Legends of Northumberland 23/12/2015

    During his time as curator of Berwick Museum, the late Chris Green contributed many articles to the Newsletter of The Friends, drawing upon his research into many different aspects of Berwick’s life and history. In 1999 he began writing a regular series called “Berwick’s Literary Heritage”, which in 2001 he broadened into “Berwick’s Cultural Heritage”, and by the time that he left the Museum in 2009 he had contributed to the Newsletter no less than 25 wide-ranging and fascinating articles to the series.

    The first of them considered “Legendary Origins” associated with...


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  • Autumn Lecture 25/10/2015

    The Friends’ Autumn Lecture will be held on Friday 6th November 2015, at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre (The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed).  Volunteers from the First World War Project will speak on various aspects of their work and discoveries in the Archives, including talks on the Belgian refugees, the Berwick war memorial, and Gallipoli.

    All welcome.  Raffle.  Refreshments.

    Autumn Lecture WW1


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  • Toll roads and charges 20/08/2015

    From the Newsletter no.7 (pp. 6-7)in September 1995…. As part of an occasional series highlighting items from past editions of the FBDMA Newsletter which can be read on this website, we are reproducing below an article about road maintenance in previous centuries – and the costs of moving goods and animals around.

    TOLL ROADS AND CHARGES

    The Record Office has in its possession a copy of the Act of Parliament “Victoria Reginae – Cap. lix.” of June 1861 entitled “The Berwick, Norham and Islandshire Turnpike Trust Act 1861”, and also the Minutes of The...


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  • 1921 Census data 22/01/2014

    A new debate has developed among family historians about the desirability of having the 1921 UK Census data released immediately rather than waiting until 2022 as currently planned, and a petition is now open on the Government’s e-petition website to enable support for the idea to be registered.  An amendment to the 1920 Census Act would be required.

    You can read and sign the petition, should you wish to support it, at this link:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49199

    The view of the Office of National Statistics, which has...


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