Sunday, 29 March 2015

ONLY 7 SPACES LEFT FOR 2016 GENEALOGY RESEARCH TRIP TO SCOTLAND


All of the genealogy tours tend to sell out at least 7 months ahead of the time they start. However, with the increased interest, this time frame is changing drastically. Although we are still 14 months away from the 2016 tour, there are only 7 spaces left.

Once I get back from Scotland, I will start the conference/talk circuit and anticipate that will spots will be filled before mid summer.

If traveling to Scotland to research your family history, by gaining access to records not available online, is something you are interested in, book now before you lose the opportunity.

Year after year, as I take people to Scotland to research their family history, I hear participants tell me, "as soon as I stepped on Scottish soil, I felt like I was home. I knew I belonged."  There is no greater, more humbling experience than traveling to the land of your ancestors. The feelings of belonging and connection are powerful and make a compelling argument for the idea of memory being passed down through our DNA. 

All of this culminates in an irreducible sense of belonging as you walk the streets they walked, see the houses they lived in, the factories they worked in, the churches they worshiped in. These moments provide a deep sense of affinity for your ancestors. A deep appreciation of their battles and struggles. A sense of pride as they overcame in order to carry on. You come to understand not only their story but also your own history. How you came to be.







Your tour fees include:

· pre-tour preparation package
· pre-tour webinars
· 9 nights accommodation
· 9 breakfasts
· protected research time
· onsite overviews and talks
· 3 full days of research at Scotland's People Centre
· Full day of research at the National Library of Scotland
· Full day of research at the NLS Maps Reading Room
· Daily research fees
· Evening at the Scottish Experience Dinner show
· All ground transportation for research
· Time to visit the area where your ancestors lived (additional travel fees not included)
· Opportunity to visit the local family history society where your ancestors lived

For more information, or to book: For more information: www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca


For unanswered questions: genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com

Monday, 23 March 2015

"I Just Feel So Whole"

Perhaps the best line of the entire Who Do You Think You Are? series was spoken by Angie Harmon as she stood on her family's farm, looking out at the same land her ancestors had owned.

"I just feel so whole" nicely sums up the entire ancestral journey. Year after year, as I take people to Scotland to research their family history, I hear participants tell me, "as soon as I stepped on Scottish soil, I felt like I was home. I knew I belonged."  There is no greater, more humbling experience than traveling to the land of your ancestors. The feelings of belonging and connection are powerful and make a compelling argument for the idea of memory being passed down through our DNA.  

As any family history researcher will tell you, there is great excitement when you find your ancestor in a document. Tangible verification of their existence. And there is a sense of wonder when you see their signature. It is almost as if  you could reach out and touch them. Multiply that by infinity when you walk the streets they walked, see the houses they lived in, the factories they worked in, the churches they worshiped in. These moments provide a deep sense of affinity for your ancestors. A deep appreciation of their battles and struggles. A sense of pride as they overcame in order to carry on.

All of this culminates in an irreducible sense of belonging as you come to understand not only their story but also your own history. How you came to be.

If you are ready to experience your own feelings of being whole, connected, belonging to your Scottish ancestors, join us on our next Genealogy Tour in May 2016. Very limited research spaces remain, so book before you miss out on this life-changing experience.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

T Minus 25

In just over three weeks I will be on my way "home" once again. This time, however, there will be a stop off in Birmingham first to attend Who Do You Think You Are? Live. 

I am looking forward to meeting up with friends and colleagues while there and to learning lots of new things. 

From Birmingham it will be onto Edinburgh to meet up with this year's tour participants. Always such an exciting time for me. Again this year, most of the participants are from the US, with a couple of fellow Canadians in the mix. 

I have my lists compiled. Not so much on what I want to research genealogy-wise, but places to visit and learn more about. Castles, Cemeteries (I'm an avid Taphophile) and historic places. 

I have my days planned well in advance, and as always, will hit the dirt running. This allows me to get the most out of my short time in Scotland and to alleviate jet lag. It is only when I return to Canada that the exhaustion sets in. For days. 

I look forward to sharing my time at WDYTYA Live and in Scotland through daily blogging. 

What I am not looking forward to is the travel. A long ass flight that generally goes poorly. If nothing else, it will provide fodder for the blog roll. 

Stay tuned!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Limited Spaces Remain for 2016 Genealogy Tour to Scotland

Although we are still over a year away, spaces on the 2016 Genealogy Tour to Scotland are filling fast and only limited spaces remain. 

If traveling to Scotland to do family history research is on your bucket list, don't wait to book. 

There is no greater feeling than walking in the footsteps of your ancestors. It will give you such a deep sense of connection to those who have gone before you. 

Create your own Who Do You Think You Are ancestral trip. Your tour fees include:

  • pre-tour preparation package
  • pre-tour webinars
  • 9 nights accommodation 
  • 9 breakfasts  
  • protected research time
  • onsite overviews and talks
  • 3 full days of research at Scotland's People Centre 
  • Full day of research at the National Library of Scotland
  • Full day of research at the NLS Maps Reading Room
  • Daily research fees
  • Evening at the Scottish Experience Dinner show 
  • All ground transportation for research 
  • Time to visit the area where your ancestors lived (additional travel fees not included)
  • Opportunity to visit the local family history society where your ancestors lived
Book your spot on the 2016 spot now at: 



VisitScotland Ancestral Tourism eBook

I was honoured to have the opportunity to provide input into VisitScotland's new Ancestral Tourism eBook. 

If you are planning a trip to Scotland, to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors, or to visit the areas associated with your clan or name, be sure to have a look at this eBook before you go. It will assist you in knowing where to travel.

The book has downloadable itineraries for Clan tours, an Outlander tour and a listing of historic sites, battlefields and castles that formed part of the rich history of Scotland. 

In addition to all of this, there is a great deal of information about getting started in researching your Scottish ancestors. This is a brilliant guide for beginners. 

You can either link to the download page at :
 
 
Or go straight to the ebook itself by using this link.
 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Book Your Ancestral Trip to Scotland Before the Tour Sells Out

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?If you wait, it may be too late!

At Genealogy Tours of Scotland, our ancestral trips tend to sell out 8 months ahead of the scheduled 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. https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/

 At Genealogy Tours of Scotland, (http://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca, we provide you with protected time at the ScotlandsPeople Centre and at the National Library of Scotland. 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 to-do 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!

Come to Scotland. Spend time in the archives. Research your roots. Tour your ancestral
villages, towns, graveyards. Learn the history and culture of your ancestral homeland. 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.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Best of Both Worlds Combine Learning and Researching

Day three of the Scottish Institute concludes the learning aspect of the week and embarks on the research part of the experience.

Today we return to West Lothian Room for the morning where we will hear about two diverse topics. The first will be Ian Walker speaking on Ancestral Tourism and the impact of this on both the Scottish tourist industry and on economics.

Following Ian's talk, we will hear from two members of the Scottish Genealogy Network, Kirsty Wilkinson and Elizabeth Irving who will tell us how their membership in the SGN has helped them in their careers and research.

In the afternoon, we will head over to the Causeway Building of the National Library of Scotland where we can be hands on with their maps. For those less interested in maps, an afternoon of research at the George IV Bridge location of the NLS can be arranged instead.

Following dinner on our own, we will walk over to Greyfriar's Kirkyard where we will enjoy a guided historic tour of the cemetery and learn about some of the lives of those interred there.

Today provides 4 hours of learning and 4 hours of research.

The rest of the week

Two and an half days of research to put our learning into practice
Thursday and Friday will be full days of research at the National Records of Scotland. Both days at the NRS, we will be able to research from 9 am until 4:30 pm.

On the Thursday evening, we also have reserved and protected research time in the evening at the NRS from 6:45 - 9:15.

In between the research times on Thursday, we can enjoy a group dinner at a local historic pub.

Thursday and Friday provide 17.5 hours of research time.

The Scottish Institute is limited to 15 participants. This is a unique learning opportunity which will also allow time to make collaborative relationships through built in networking opportunities.

To register: