About Me

Welcome to my blog.  Do get in touch with me to share stories or let me know of a connection, either with my own family interests or with the Scottish Borders where I now live in Earlston, Berwickshire.    I would love to hear from fellow bloggers. 
E-mail:  susanpdonaldson@btinternet.com

My interest in family history began at a young age when it was a treat to look at the shoebox of old photographs in my grandfather's house.  Many of these photographs  now feature in this blog. 

I come from Poulton-le-Fylde, near the famous seaside resort of Blackpool, in Lancashire in north west England.  When I was 13,  we moved with my father's work to York and then to Edinburgh where I finished my education. I studied history, followed by the Diploma in Librarianship and Information Work.

My first proper job was a great experience on a USA exchange scheme,  working in the Radcliffe College Library, Cambridge,  Massachusetts.  I loved Boston and New England, but also took advantage, with another British girl I met, of taking the Greyhound bus  offer of "99 dollars for 99 days of travel" around the States - a wonderful time.

The triple Eildon Hills
The iconic view of the Scottish Borders
Following my marriage I moved to Hawick, the largest town (pop. 15,000) in the  Scottish Borders.  It is a beautiful region in a part of Scotland people often forget about as they whizz through heading for Edinburgh and the Highlands.  We are in the south east corner of Scotlnd, between Edinburgh and the border with England.   It is an area full of history and heritage and country pursuits and a great place for my little granddaughter to grow up in.  

After 41 years in Hawick we moved recently 25 miles north to Earlston in Berwckshire to a house which ticks all our boxes and is only a short walk away from our daughter and family.

Over the years, my career has spanned working in a College of Education,  citizen's advice bureau, tourist information centres, the local studies department of my local library service and finally the Heritage Hub - home of the Scottish Borders Archive, Local History & Family History Service - where I was Enquiry Researcher.  I retired just before  Christmas 2011 amd so far am thoroughly enjoying having more spare time.  

I love following the ancestral trail, not only of my own Danson, Rawcliffe and Weston families, but also my husband's Donaldson background, plus helping friends discover their roots.  I started my blog in August 2010.  Joining http://www.geneabloggers.com/  a few months later  brought a huge boost to my family history activities and I hope I can convey in my blog what fun can be achieved from a wonderful, life-long and all consuming  hobby.  Enjoy reading it!

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Family History Fun  is my personal genealogy blog. I am not an affiliate or representative of any company or commercial organization and do not write for financial gain.