Monday, 23 May 2016

Nightmare Averted

Everything was in neat little piles, ready to be packed in suitcases. Money had been exchanged (thanks to today being a bank holiday). Itineraries, lists and confirmation were printed. The excitement was building. Just 24 hours until my flight to Scotland. 

Up popped a notification from the WestJet app letting me know my flight was just 24 hours away. I could now "check-in" I clicked on the invite to see a notice that the flight had been cancelled! 
Surely not. Opened the laptop, onto the WestJet website. It was true. The flight HAD been cancelled. 

As a seasoned traveler I generally go with the flow when things go wrong, and chalk the experience up as being part of the adventure. Not this time. This time I completely unraveled. 

After a frantic hour on the phone, I was rebooked onto an earlier flight. A longer stop over and a bit of chaos but I will still make it to London on time to catch my connecting flight, be on time to pick up the car I have reserved and can still make it to the hotel that had been booked and paid for. 

Needless to say my night was almost non-existent with making sure everything that still needed to get done actually got done. 

Arrived at the airport with lots of time to spare. First on the agenda, a long, cold pint of craft ale! 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Scotland Here I Come

In 72 hours, I will be at the airport, waiting to get on board my flight to London (Gatwick). From Gatwick, I will fly up to Edinburgh, hire a car and be heading north. I have a week in Scotland before the group of participants arrives for our genealogy research time together in Edinburgh. 

In this first week, I will be driving up to Inverness, over to Dornoch and then north again to Scrabster where I will board a ferry for Orkney. I have three full days on the main island of Orkney, with plans to visit the poppy display at St Magnus, Stormness archives, Kirkwall archives, Skara Brae and a number of other historic sites. 

After my time in Orkney, I will be headed back to Edinburgh, hoping to take in the Scottish Crannog Centre along the way. 

Then it will be a day of catching up with Ian Walker of Borders Journeys - we have lots of exciting plans in the works, so stay tuned! After our day of planning, it will be time to meet the participants of the Spring 2016 tour and get ready for our 10 days together.

I will be blogging while I am in Scotland, so be sure to watch this space!

Thursday, 12 May 2016


The May 2017 genealogy research tour to Scotland is filling up fast. There are only 6 spaces left!

If traveling to your ancestral homeland to research your family history is on your bucket list, why not take advantage of the spaces available and join us on the May 2017 tour? 

Wondering what you get in terms of support when you register? Here's my interview with Dear Myrtle: 

To register for the May 2017 tour:

Hope to see you in Scotland!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Genealogy Tours of Scotland is Heading to NGS 2016

Genealogy Tours of Scotland will have a booth in the Exhibition Hall at NGS (National Genealogical Society's Conference) in Ft Lauderdale. 

I will be in booth 521 - across from Findmypast. Come and visit. Enjoy mini presentation on Scottish genealogy. Get free resources or order books and quick guides online.

For those not able to attend the conference, I am having an NGS special in my store. FREE shipping on all purchases. 

Canadian prices on the website are slightly higher to match the equivalent price in US dollars. If you are Canadian and buying through the website, you are still ahead of the game by saving the shipping. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

May 2017 Tour 30% SOLD OUT!

Although it is still over a year away, the 2017 Edinburgh tour is already 
30% sold out!

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

Pre-tour webinar on Scottish Genealogy Research
Pre-tour webinar on Planning For a Research Trip to Scotland
Pre-tour assistance to make the most of your time in Scotland
Pre-tour package of information to assist with your research planning
¨ 9 nights in a centrally located hotel where you will get the sense of living in Scotland
¨ Breakfast every day
¨ A Family History Talk at ScotlandsPeople Centre
¨ A Family History Talk at the National Library of Scotland
¨ 5 days of dedicated research time where staff are expecting you and are ready to assist
¨ Transportation to and from the research facilities
¨ Time to visit the area where your ancestor lived in Scotland and assistance to plan this
¨ Time to research in a local archive, family history society or library
¨ The chance to experience a Ceilidh and indulge your Scottish heritage
¨ Transportation to and from the Ceilidh
¨ Optional historic evening guided tour of Greyfriar’s Cemetery
¨ The opportunity to connect with others researching their Scottish roots
¨ A great way to connect with your Scottish ancestors
¨ Memories to last a lifetime
¨ A deeper sense of belonging
¨ A better sense of who YOU are as part of the Scots diaspora

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

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Itinerary for Glasgow Research Tour Confirmed!

Our Itinerary is Confirmed!

The itinerary for the Glasgow tour is now confirmed - well mostly.

Friday April 21, 2017: Day of arrival. We will meet in the lobby of the Glasgow Marriott at 6 pm for a meet and greet and to talk about the week ahead.

Saturday April 22, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the lobby at 8 am for our trip to Fife where we will take part in the Scottish Association of Family History Societies annual conference. There will be 4 speakers, including Irene O'Brien of the Glasgow Archives, lunch, tea/coffee and a marketplace.

Sunday April 23, 2017: I am waiting to hear back from the Glasgow Necropolis regarding a guided tour of the cemetery. The guides are a volunteer group and I am not likely going to be hearing from them for about another month. That afternoon at 4pm, there is an Evensong at the Glasgow Cathedral that we may wish to attend as a group.

Monday April 24, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 and then travel to the Mitchell Library for a full day of research. The Library houses the Glasgow City Archives, the Genealogy Centre and has a hub for the ScotlandsPeople database.

Tuesday April 25, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 and then travel to the Mitchell Library for another full day of research.

Wednesday April 26, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 and then travel together to the University of Glasgow Archives where we will enjoy a full day of research. The University Archives hold the Scottish Business archives as well as a number of other records.

Thursday April 27, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 9:45 and then travel together to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society for a full day of research using their records.

Friday April 28, 2017: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 and then travel to the Mitchell Library for another full day of research.

Saturday April 29, 2017: Following breakfast, the research tour comes to an end. We will leave with certificates, a better sense of what records exist for family history research, perhaps a few less bricks in our brick walls and most of all, memories of time spent in our ancestral homeland.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


And that's a wrap! Incredibly in just a fortnight, the Glasgow Genealogy Research Tour has SOLD OUT!

Thank you to everyone who signed up! I am looking forward to sharing your genealogy adventures with you in Glasgow!

For anyone still interested in researching their family history in Scotland, the regular Genealogy Tour that takes place annually in Edinburgh is still OPEN.

The Edinburgh tour gives you: 

  • pre-tour preparation webinars
  • pre-tour preparation package
  • assistance to plan a visit to your ancestral part of Scotland
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 full breakfasts
  • Overview of records in each facility
  • 5 full days of research
  • daily research fees
  • daily transportation to research facilities
  • time to travel to your ancestral home area
  • additional day to research locally
  • optional evening tours
  • evening at the Taste of Scotland dinner and show