Susie Douglas (nee Smith)
My relationship with family history began at an early age when I was given a beautifully hand written copy of our family tree in my early teens. It was compiled by George Aynsley Smith, my gt grandfather's brother, and Deputy Steward to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in Durham. Well, I was hooked!, and as soon as I could drive I was off rummaging in archives and wandering around cemeteries in all weathers in search of details for far-flung and distant relatives as yet undiscovered and undocumented . It is truly amazing the stories that have emerged from a family with its roots on Tweedside!
Family history continues to be a passion some thirty years later and in 2012 my opportunity came to turn my passion into a business helping others discover their ancestral ties to the Borderlands. In January 2013 "Borders Ancestry" was born and since then we have exhibited at WDYTYA Live twice, been published in on-line family history publications and helped many clients with their ancestral research.
Robert Scott Douglas
In 2011 we sold our farm at New Heaton on the English side of the Tweed near Cornhill, together with the herd of pedigree dairy cows to a neighbouring farmer, and in the Spring of 2012 moved to our new home on the Scottish side of the Tweed, near Coldstream.
The views here are truly panoramic, with the Cheviots to the South and West and the Merse and the Lammermuirs to the North. Due South we look onto Branxton Hill, scene of the Battle of Flodden in 1513, and a little to the East, Bob can keep his eye on the cows as they graze the 40 acre field at New Heaton!
When not at his desk Bob loves to walk, and finds time most days to wander around the beautiful grounds of the Hirsel Estate home to the Douglas-Home family in nearby Coldstream, armed with his binoclars and bird book.
Michael Forster Pisapia
My interest in genealogy began about 35 years ago when my father gave me a list of the names and dates of birth of his 7 siblings, parents and nephew, which had been type-written by my grandfather in the early 1920s. I was fascinated by this family artifact and so began my interest in research and ancient records.
A descendant of the Clay family, farmers at Ladykirk, Winfield and Kerchesters, I was born in Manhattan- and am a fifth-generation New Yorker. I am a lawyer, living and working in New York City and a solicitor (England and Wales) and have been in practice for over 20 years.
I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners and a life-member of the DeVere Society. I am a trustee of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. My genealogical research focuses on New York City, from 1850 to the present.