The Estates of Ford & Etal, and in particular Ford, offer rich pickings for those interested in tracing their family tree. As well as the records held in St Michael and All Angels Church, Ford, work is also ongoing to try and record the plots within the church cemetery in order to help visitors find the information they are looking for. When completed these records will be held in the Lady Waterford Hall.
The Lady Waterford Hall itself is a remarkable record insofar as the models used to depict the characters in the murals were in fact local people. Again, the names of these people and any information known about them is kept at the Lady Waterford Hall.
An additional local pictorial archive is currently being compiled and once it is available will be publicised here.
Because of the mobile nature of work in the mid to late nineteenth century records of family members may be held in any of the local churches including Ford, Crookham, Etal, Branxton, Norham, Kyloe, Lowick, Milfield, Cornhill, Ancroft – and of course churches in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Names particularly common to this area at the time are: Jeffrey, Jeffreys, Tait, Locke, Robson, Armstrong, Dawson, Black as well as variations of these. Details of some of the nobility who died at Flodden in 1513 can be found on www.flodden.net
This page will be updated from time to time but if you have any enquiries or are thinking of coming to investigate further, the Parish of Ford may be of great interest to you. Come and stay a day or two and explore this fascinating community.