Global search for Berwick families

Research has started into descendents of Berwick families. Picture by Kimberley Powell

Research has started into descendents of Berwick families. Picture by Kimberley Powell

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A family history expert has been appointed to begin tracking down the descendants of Berwick families around the world.

He aims to discover their stories, build new links with families still living in the region, and involve them in events celebrating nine centuries of the town’s history in 2015.

The team planning next year’s Berwick 900 festival have brought in local historian Peter Munro to do this research. He is chairman of the Borders Family History Society.

“My key aim is to discover interesting family stories and personalities,” Peter explained.

“We’ll use these in the displays and performances being planned for next year’s celebration of Berwick’s 900-year story.

“I’ll be using social media to help publicise the project and encouraging people throughout the world to revive their family connections with Berwick and to visit the town.

“As well as identifying interesting families and collecting their stories, I’ll be searching for material that the families themselves may not know.”

Families interested in the project will have their first opportunity to meet Peter at Berwick’s Guildhall from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 5 at an open event before the town’s Riding of the Bounds Sashing Ceremony.

As well as information about the Our Families Story project, the Berwick 900 display at the event will provide a first chance to see the outline programme of activities being staged throughout 2015.

The Our Families Story project is supported by Berwick’s Guild of Freemen. “It will culminate in a family history festival in Autumn 2015,” says town archivist Linda Bankier. “We’re hoping it will lead to a more comprehensive Berwick 900 family studies project, to involve local people of all ages and create further international links with descendants of old Berwick families.”

If you have any interesting information about characters from your family’s past in Berwick, you can contact Peter Munro via email or by writing to him c/o Berwick Record Office, Wallace Green, Berwick TD15 1ED.

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