Burnbrae Holidays is a great place to stay if you are interested in your Family History in the Scottish Borders. We have 3 spacious self-catering cottages, in Nenthorn, 3 miles from Kelso and only 30 minutes easy drive from the Heritage Hub in Hawick.

The Scottish Borders Archive and Local Studies Service is located within the Heritage Hub. The manuscript records for the Scottish Borders including parish records and kirk session records, valuation rolls, records of schools, families and businesses, historic newspapers, maps, reference books etc are available here. The collections cover the geographical area of the former counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. They hold the council records for these areas as well as the former Borders Regional Council. The Scotland’s People is the official Scottish genealogy resource and one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. Some records are not available online (poorlaw, school, business or local estate records). Guidance and information can be found at the Heritage Hub. Before you arrive you may want to use the online version and then put some time aside during your stay to do further research. We now have a fast, reliable internet connection via fibre so you can continue your research into your family history in your beautiful cottage at Burnbrae Holidays.

Heritage Hub located in Hawick
Family history researchers

Some links to help you plan your family history research while staying at Burnbrae.

The HERITAGE HUB located within the Tower House in Hawick is the home of the Scottish Borders archives, individual assistance and advice are also available. It is also a SCOTLANDS PEOPLE centre. Booking in advance is advised for access to the microfilm and microfiche readers. There is a charge to access Scotlands People.

HUBCATis the Heritage Hub’s online catalogue.

SCOTTISH GENEALOGY RESEARCH is a local enterprise to help you research your ancestors.
Or for a more individual and personal help researching your ancestors, contact BORDERS JOURNEYS who provide private, small group guided sightseeing and ancestral tours to connect you with your Scottish ancestors.
For guidance on resources available to you to add to your knowledge of your family history, you may wish to visit the VISIT SCOTLAND : ANCESTRY website.