Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - David Hume

This tomb belongs to one of the important Scottish Game Changers:  David Hume

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his ph...ilosophical empiricism and scepticism. 

 David Hume's aim was to found the 'Science of Man' - the study of human nature by scientific means. He was one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment.

A statue of Hume stands on the Royal Mile.


His tomb, which is quite grand, is in the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh


Tombstone Tuesday - William Miller - "Wee Willie Winkie"

This monument stands atop a hill in the Glasgow Necropolis.

William Miller is perhaps best known for his children's nursery rhyme:
Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toon,
Up stairs an' doon stairs in his nicht-gown,
Chappin' at the window, crying thru the lock,
"Are the we'ans in their bed, for it's now ten o'clock?"

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are Ancestral Journey

There is no greater feeling than walking in the footsteps of your ancestors. YOU can create your own Who Do You Think You Are journey by joining a Genealogy Tours of Scotland ancestral research trip to Scotland.

Spend time in the archives. Find and read the documents, flesh out the story with land records, maps, newspapers, trade journals and more. Travel to the area of Scotland where YOUR ancestor lived and walk in their footsteps.

Visit their churches, walk the streets they walked, pay homage to them at their gravesite.

All of these things will help you to not only uncover the story and journey of YOUR ancestor, but will help to redefine who YOU are as well.

Give yourself the gift of heritage. Journey to Scotland and find out more about your Scottish ancestor.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Prehistoric Cairns

Just a mile down the road from Culloden Battlefield, near Inverness, Scotland lie a series of pre-historic cairns. Called the Balnuaran of Clava Cairns or simply, the Clava Cairns, these prehistoric structures are still in amazing condition.

It is estimated that these cairns are roughly 4,000 years old - older than the pyrmaids.

The North-East Cairn and South-West Cairn, are well-preserved passage cairns. The cairns are aligned to the mid-winter solstice. These cairns likely only housed one body each. Standing stones surround the cairns as protection.

These standing stones were added much later.

This central cairn is a circle with no opening or passage. It is thought that this was likely a fire ring where ceremonies were held in conjunction with the burials in the two passage cairns.

This kerb cairn was added most recently (3000 years ago) and may have originally provided an outline for a low earth mound or shallow grave.

What amazed me most about the cairns was that they were still relatively in tact, lying in a field, surrounded by farmland. For 4,000 years, they have been seen as sacred ground and so have been given a place of honour, and have been left in solitude. Had they been in North America, they would have been cleared eons ago and a subdivision would now stand in their place. Here's to the Scots for recognizing the importance of these pre-historic structures and for preserving them for future generations to enjoy and honour as well.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Give Yourself the Gift of Heritage - Join Us For An Ancestral Trip to Scotland

Most of us are at a stage of our lives now where we can focus less on family and work and more on ourselves. To some it has been a long time coming. So, now that time is less of a constraint, why not give yourself the gift of connecting with your ancestral heritage?

Come to Scotland. Take time in the archives. Research your roots. Tour your ancestral

villages, towns, graveyards. Learn the history and culture. Feel more connected, more

rooted. Create a memory of a lifetime. Bring a friend or partner along to share the journey.

Non-genealogy partners travel for half price.


When You Join a Genealogy Tour of Scotland, You Get:


v     Pre-tour webinar on Scottish Genealogy Research

v     Pre-tour webinar on Planning For a Research Trip to Scotland

v     Pre-tour assistance to make the most of your time in Scotland

v     Pre-tour package of information to assist with your research planning

v     9 nights in a centrally located hotel where you will get the sense of living in Scotland

v     Breakfast every day

v     A Family History Talk at ScotlandsPeople Centre

v     A Family History Talk at the National Library of Scotland

v     5 days of dedicated research time where staff are expecting you and are ready to assist

v     Transportation to and from the research facilities

v     Time to visit the area where your ancestor lived in Scotland and assistance to plan this

v     25% discount at Borders Journeys Ancestral Tours

v     Time to research in a local archive, family history society or library

v     The chance to experience a Ceilidh and indulge your Scottish heritage

v     Transportation to and from the Ceilidh

v     Optional historic evening tours in Old Town Edinburgh

v     A great way to connect with your Scottish ancestors

v     Memories to last a lifetime


Why not join a tour to research your roots and discover your heritage?


The April 2015 tour includes registration at the Scottish Association of Family History Societies annual conference to be  held in Stirling.


There is also the opportunity to attend the Who Do  You Think You Are Live event in Birmingham, scheduled for the three days prior to the Genealogy Tour of Scotland.


Spaces are limited! Book now at: http://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Is a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland on YOUR Bucket List?

At Genealogy Tours of Scotland, (http://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca, we provide you with protected time at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the Scottish Genealogy Centre and the National Library of Scotland. These are all based in Edinburgh and while on the tour, you will receive personal assistance from the archivists in each location. 

In addition to the repository visits, time is available to travel to the area of Scotland where your ancestors lived. I provide connections to ancestral tour companies, run by genealogists in Scotland, who will give you a personalised tour of your ancestors home area including graveyards, churches, streets, business and anything else you may wish to see that is still standing. 

If a genealogy research visit to Scotland is on your bucket list, contact me and I can assist you to make the most of your ancestral visit. (genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com). I'm looking forward to sharing your genealogical adventures with you!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Limited Spaces Remain for 2015 Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland

If you wait, it may be too late!

Following a very successful trip to Bruce County, which boasts a rich Scottish history, spaces on the April 2015 Genealogy Research Tour are filling quickly. Only THREE spaces remain for the 2015 tour. 

If traveling to Scotland to conduct family history research, accessing records not available online and visiting the land of your ancestors is on YOUR bucket list, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity. The next scheduled trip will not be until May 2016 and will not include the SAFHS conference. 

Don't wait. Book your space NOW: https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/