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Border County Ancestors

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Unknown Report 5 Dec 2017 17:51

Are there any tips for searching for Scottish ancestors living in a border county? I was surprised to find that one of my McDougall ancestors was born in Northumberland, England, but that he was married in Coldstream, Scotland and worked at a distillery before emigrating to Canada.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 5 Dec 2017 18:25

The bmds and census should show them
Once they moved to Scotland then you would need the website Scotlands People for bmds
It's not a subs site but units are reasonably priced to view records, plus you purchase any certs through them . Think they are still £10 each

The 1939 register isn't online


KathleenBell Report 5 Dec 2017 20:27

Depending on the timescale, certainly in the early 1800's, a lot of people from Northumberland were non-conformist so you won't find baptism and burial records in parish records. The Northumberland County Records Office has a lot of non-conformist records transcribed separately and easy to look through. The staff are very helpful and would probably do a search for you if you have names and dates.

Kath. x


Unknown Report 6 Dec 2017 20:52

Thank you so much for your help with border county research. I have made notes to check the sources you suggest.

Thanks again--carolync2245