The Society covers the Border Counties, which include Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. They also cover some adjacent counties situated in England and Scotland.
Even if your ancestors do not come from these areas, the Society will do their best to help should you require assistance.
Many resources can be accessed in their Archive and Search Room, which comprise:
For a full list of books and resources available, please visit their website.
The Society's Research Room is situated on the corner of Overhaugh Street and Bank Close in Galashiels, TD1 1DP. The full address is 52 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels, TD1 1DP, Scotland.
Unfortunately, no parking is available at the Archive, but some short term parking is accessible in Bank Street, running parallel to Overhaugh Street.
If you are travelling to the Archive by bus or train, the Archive is approximately 5 minutes walk from Galashiels Bus and Rail Station, (Galashiels Intrerchange) which is situated in Stirling Street.
Regular bus services operate from Berwick, Edinburgh, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Lauder and Peebles. Other towns in the Scottish Borders also have a good service to Galashiels.
A bus stop serving Bus Route X95 from Hawick and Selkirk is situated in Bank Street.
If you wish to travel to the Archive by train, there is a regular train service in operation between Edinburgh and Galashiels.
If you wish to walk to the Research Centre from Galashiels Interchange, you should exit using the Town Centre door, walk across the Pedestrian Precinct, then crossing the road opposite you, and continuing over the bridge for the Gala Water.
You should then pass the Argos store on your right, and cross Chanel Street. Turning to the left, take the first opening after you have passed several shops continuing down the wide alley. Once you have come to the end of the alley, turn right into Overhaugh Street.
If you are walking from the bus stop on Bank Street, head in the direction of the Royal Bank of Scotland, after which turn right into Bank Close.
Please note that you have to make an appointment to visit their Research Centre, which can be done by using the form on the Society's Contact Us page.
The Society offers a research service for people unable to visit the Research Centre. A charge is made to people wishing to take advantage of this service.
Many databases are accessible on the Society's website, which include Gravestones, Magazine Articles, Poor Law Records and a Map showing the Location of Counties covered by the Society.
Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:
A list of Surnames currently being researched by Members is on the site, along with a Forum.