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A Dodds ancestress advertising her new dressmaking business

I have an ongoing subscription to the British Newspaper Archive website. I’ve run a lot of searches there, but also rerun them at times, in case of new issues included, or improved OCR recognition. I tried a search tonight for … Continue reading

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Revised chronology for ancestor moving from Hawick to Melrose

I had a vague memory of finding in the past that my great-great grandfather Thomas Cavers Hall lived in the Cavers/Kirkton area between leaving Hawick and settling at Melrose, possibly at Upper Tofts. But I now think that must have … Continue reading

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Ancestor elected to school board at Wilton (Hawick)

Just found this in the old newspapers: Southern Reporter, 1894 April 26 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS WILTON (HAWICK) – Six candidates for five seats. The poll took place on Thursday with the following result:- Job Harkness, stockingmaker, Wilton Dean, 143; *Thomas … Continue reading

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Great-granny and in-laws getting first aid certificates in 1911

Another Southern Reporter newspaper report that I found, searching for Dodds and Abbey Gate, revealed that my ancestors were handy in a first aid situation! Unfortunately the report is very dark and smudged at the start, but it looks like … Continue reading

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An ancestor drowned in a West Yorkshire canal

I knew from family stories that a Yorkshire ancestor had drowned in a canal. A few years ago we traced more details in local newspapers, which I’ll reproduce below in full: Ossett Observer, 1903 May 30 A Canal Workman Drowned … Continue reading

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Unearthing a stone relic near Melrose in 1864

Southern Reporter, 1864 February 4 MELROSE. A RELIC On Monday afternoon, while Mr Alex. Dodds, Abbey Gate, was superintending the draining operations which are now going on upon the fair-ground at Bowden Moor, he discovered a piece of carved sandstone … Continue reading

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An ancestor losing a collie dog in 1896

I stumbled across this newspaper advert the other day: Southern Reporter, 1896 November 19 LOST, Black and White Collie Dog; string on neck. Communicate with Hall, Gattonside Mains, Melrose. This would have almost certainly belonged to my great-great grandfather Thomas … Continue reading

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