I started researching my own family history at the urging of a cousin in the 1990s and quickly caught the bug. I researched both the Scottish and English sides of the family back to the 1700s apart from one solid brickwall in 1844 as the father remains unnamed..
I haveresearched family histories using various Scottish archives including the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) (now the National Records of Scotland), the National Library of Scotland, and the local record offices in Hawick and Carlisle.
I have researched full family trees covering both paternal and maternal lines and single line families. Although much of the work has been undertaken in the Borders including lines in Cumbria and Northumbria, I have also worked on families in the Highlands and Islands, Perthshire, Argyll, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and Orkney which is a good coverage of Scotland. I have done some further research on Irish immigrants to Scotland.
I have increased my knowledge of genealogy through personal experience and formal study, including a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldry from the University of Strathclyde.
I regularly attend Genealogy conferences and Family History Society meetings to keep abreast of new developments and expand my knowledge.
I have worked as a researcher for the Borders Country Life Museum, researching the history of hiring fairs and emigration patterns from the Borders as well as compiling histories of the farms of the Yarrow Valley. I have also researched and organised an exhibition on James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd.