Wanted: researcher to ‘find our families’

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Historic Berwick is looking for a researcher to track down descendants of local families – wherever in the world they’re living now.

It aims to involve them in events celebrating nine centuries of the town’s history in 2015.

The town is planning a Berwick 900 Festival of activities running throughout 2015. One of the Berwick 900 themes is the family names connected to the area over the past 900 years. Many can still be found in the area today, but others have disappeared as their descendants migrated all over the world.

“We want to hire a freelance part-time researcher to work with Berwick Record Office,” explained Linda Bankier, the town’s archivist and one of the team planning Berwick 900.

“They’ll use local resources, the internet and social media to investigate and foster links worldwide with descendants of families that have historical associations with the town. The aim is to raise the profile of Berwick and its rich family history resources locally, nationally and internationally.”

With funds from the Guild of Freemen of Berwick, the project will research a selection of family names linked to key themes in Berwick’s history – including Our Borders Story, Our Garrison Story, Our Maritime and Seaside Story, Our Fishing Story and Our Food Story.

The researcher will suggest how the information gathered could be incorporated into Berwick 900 events and used to encourage visitors to come to Berwick during the festival and beyond.

“The project will culminate in a family history festival in autumn 2015,” says Linda.

For more information, contact Linda Bankier lbankier@woodhorn.org.uk (01289 301865) or Derek Sharman timetoexplore@btinternet.com (01289 330218). Applications close at noon on February 14.

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