My local archive centre at the Heritage Hub, Hawick promotes itself primarily on the value of its unique archive sources that are not available anywhere else. These help family historians go beyond the standard resources of census returns, old parish records, monumental inscriptions etc.many of which can be accessed online.
Being a Councillor might seem rather dull, but the Burgh Minute Books, which go back to the mid 17th century give a full description of burgh affairs and discussions and can reveal interesting sidelines such as the councillor in the 1880's who was petitioning in support of woman's suffrage, long before it was close to becoming a reality.
If your ancestor was a teacher, then the School Records are the place to look - with Log Books recording daily school life, and School Board Minute Books and Education Committee Minute Books recording appointments - and dismissals! If you are lucky you may get a glowing testimony from an Inspector's Report.
These are just some of the records available at the Hub and complement the large collecting of maps from the early 19th century, old postcards of the region and 23 titles of local newspapers (many long since gone), with the oldest 1804. Most of these records above are available to view in digitised format at the Hub, but are not available online.
|The Heritage Hub, Hawick|