Saturday, 23 July 2016

TWO Spaces Open for May 2017 Genealogy Research Tour

The addition of the Highland Research Tour has opened up space in the May 2017 Tour which will be taking place in Edinburgh. The reason for this is people moving from the Edinburgh Tour to the new Highland Research Tour.



The Edinburgh Tour dates are May 1 - 10, 2017 with May 1 being the day of arrival. This tour is the one that has been taking place for about 5 and a half years. We spend three full days at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, which also houses the National Archives. We spend two full days at the National Library of Scotland, with one of those days being in the Maps building.

The weekend is free for you to go to the area of Scotland where your ancestor lived and if you would like, I can connect you with my colleague, Ian, who will create a tailor made ancestral experience for you. The Monday following the weekend is free for you to conduct research in the area of Scotland where your ancestor lived, to research at the Scottish Genealogy Society, return to either the ScotlandsPeople Centre or National Library. If you would prefer time off to enjoy the country, you can opt to sight-see or shop.

This is the most popular genealogy research tour. It includes pre-tour preparation for several months ahead of time so that you are well prepared for your time in Scotland.


There are two spaces open for the May 2017Edinburgh Tour. If you are interested, simply send me an email. This is the only tour that accommodates spouses, cousins, sisters, friends or any one who is not researching. The Highland tour does not. Non genealogy companions travel for 40% of the tour fees.

TWO Spaces Open for May 2017 Genealogy Research Tour

The addition of the Highland Research Tour has opened up space in the May 2017 Tour which will be taking place in Edinburgh. The reason for this is people moving from the Edinburgh Tour to the new Highland Research Tour.



The Edinburgh Tour dates are May 1 - 10, 2017 with May 1 being the day of arrival. This tour is the one that has been taking place for about 5 and a half years. We spend three full days at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, which also houses the National Archives. We spend two full days at the National Library of Scotland, with one of those days being in the Maps building.

The weekend is free for you to go to the area of Scotland where your ancestor lived and if you would like, I can connect you with my colleague, Ian, who will create a tailor made ancestral experience for you. The Monday following the weekend is free for you to conduct research in the area of Scotland where your ancestor lived, to research at the Scottish Genealogy Society, return to either the ScotlandsPeople Centre or National Library. If you would prefer time off to enjoy the country, you can opt to sight-see or shop.

This is the most popular genealogy research tour. It includes pre-tour preparation for several months ahead of time so that you are well prepared for your time in Scotland.

There are two spaces open for the May 2017Edinburgh Tour. If you are interested, simply send me an email. This is the only tour that accommodates spouses, cousins, sisters, friends or any one who is not researching. The Highland tour does not. Non genealogy companions travel for 40% of the tour fees.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Highland Research Tour 50% Booked!

Although still freshly "on the market" the Highlands Research Tour is already 50% filled. Spaces are being kept limited to enhance the research experience. 

If your ancestors were from the West Highlands of Scotland this research trip is the one for you. Research will take place in Inverness, Fort William and Armadale Castle in Skye. 




The tour ends with attendance at the annual conference for the Scottish Association of Family History Societies which will be held in Queensferry, Fife. 

Aside from research time, the Highland Research Tour will include attending the commemorative ceremonies at Culloden and a trip through the villages that were affected by the Highland Clearances. A visit to the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Lomond will round out the tour.  



Like the Glasgow Research Tour, the Highland Research Tour will sell out very quickly. There are, currently 6 spaces left. 

Don't miss out! Register now: 
http://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/highland-research----history-tour.html

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

NEW FOR 2017: HIGHLAND RESEARCH TOUR

Highland Research Tour for 2017

Thanks to those of you who showed interest in the Highland tour. 
The plans have been confirmed and the tour dates set. The tour will run April 14-23, 2017. The Highland Tour will begin in Inverness and will end in Glasgow with attendance at the annual conference for the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. 
Tour fees include:
  • 9 nights hotel
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Culloden Memorial Service
  • Clava Cairns
  • Glenfinnan Monument
  • Loch Lomond
  • Coach trip to Dornoch and Kildonan
  • Research fees
  • Transport to and from archives
  • Coach trip to Skye
  • Transport between Inverness and Fort William
  • Transport between Fort William and Glasgow
  • Coach to SAFHS conference
  • SAFHS conference registration
  • Lunch included with conference registration
**not included - lunches, dinners, airfare, travel to Inverness, travel from train/airport/bus station to hotel in Inverness, transport from hotel to airport for departure home, hotel April 23 if staying for tour of Necropolis and Jewish Archives
 

This will be a small group tour, limited to 12 participants. Spaces will be on a first come first served basis only. There are, at this point, only 8 spaces left, with people having been transferred into the Highlands tour from other tours they were registered for and had paid for. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Seeking Interest in Highland Tour For 2017


Friday April 14 - Good Friday - this would be a day of arrival. Participants would need to get to Inverness on their own. 

Saturday April 15 - There will be a memorial/commemorative service at Culloden Battlefield today to celebrate the anniversary of the battle. This is an incredibly moving experience. We will spend time at the battlefield after the ceremonies so that people can really drink in the significance of the historic events that took place here.

Sunday April 16 - Easter Sunday - Church Service at Dornoch Cathedral, followed by a coach tour through the Strath of Kildonan to see the areas that were cleared following the Sutherland Clearances. This is now quite barren but really shows the aftermath of the Clearances. Easter Dinner as a group.

Monday April 17 - This will be our first day of research. We will spend the day at the Highland Archives in Inverness.

Tuesday April 18  - Our second full day of research

Wednesday April 19 - We will check out of the hotel after breakfast and take a coach down the Great Glen to Fort William. The afternoon will be free time in Fort William. For anyone interested, I will organize a tour of the West Highland Museum which shows more of the Jacobite story.

Thursday April 20 - We will spend the day at the Lochaber Archives. This will be a full day of research

Friday April 21 - We will check out of the hotel, and then head to the Lochaber Archives once again. We will only have a half day of research today. After lunch, we will head by coach to Glasgow, with a slight detour into Glenfinnan to see the monument. In Glasgow, I will be meeting up with my Glasgow tour in the evening.

Saturday April 22 - We will be up bright and early and head by coach to Queensferry, Fife, for the annual Scottish Association of Family History Society Conference. This will be a full day of talks and a good sized marketplace where a number of Family History Societies from across Scotland will have displays. The Glasgow tour will be joining us for the day at the conference. Lunch is included today.

Sunday April 23 - This will be a day open to your choosing. Essentially, the tour is over. However, I hope to be taking the Glasgow group on a tour of the Jewish Archives as well as on a guided tour of the Glasgow Necropolis. You would be welcome to stay and enjoy the day with us. Or, you may choose to sightsee, head home or head further afield in Scotland. I only need to know whether to have the hotel room available to you on Sunday night since Sunday night it is not included in the Highland tour. You will need to pay for the additional night on your own, but I can ensure that the room is held for you.

If this tour sounds like something you would find interesting, please let me know fairly soon so I can make the necessary arrangements with the hotels, archives and coach companies.

Like the Glasgow tour, this will be a small group of no more than 12 researchers. Spaces for Glasgow filled within 2 weeks. I anticipate that the Highland one may as well.

Tour fees include:

·         8 nights hotel
·         9 breakfasts
·         3 Coach trips (gratuities not included)
·         Research fees
·         Transport to and from archives
·         Coach to SAFHS conference
·         SAFHS conference registration
·         Lunch included with conference registration

**not included - lunches, dinners, airfare, travel to Inverness, travel from train/airport/bus station to hotel in Inverness, transport from hotel to airport for departure home, hotel April 23 if staying for tour of Necropolis and Jewish Archives


Friday, 8 July 2016

Are YOU Ready?

A YOU ready to experience a depth of connection to your ancestors that you never dreamed possible? Are you ready to truly KNOW who you are? 

Come to Scotland. Research your ancestors. Read about their lives in the documents. Learn about them by understanding the geography, the language, the sounds, the smells. 


Here's what past participants have had to say about their Genealogy Tour of Scotland:

This has been such a wonderful experience. I have been to Scotland before but have never
experienced it like this. I feel such a deep connection to the country and to my ancestors now. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done to put this tour together.

Thank you for organizing the tour. It has been amazing. I can’t wait to come back. I learned so much about my ancestors and about Scotland. The tour was a prefect mix of research and tourism. My time in the area where my ancestors lived was magical.

I feel like I have been drinking from a fire hose of knowledge! I have learned so much about the lives of my ancestors. I can’t wait to come back next year. Thank you, thank you.

This was beyond my expectations. I have been to Scotland before. I was a tourist then. I am a proud Scot now. I met some great people in the group and will definitely keep in touch with them. I am going home full of new leads, full of stories and full of understanding about my Scottish ancestors.

PLEASE organize another tour. I will be the first to sign up. I loved everything about my time in Scotland and can’t wait to join you again.

All of the pre-tour preparation made such a difference. I was ready to research and made
tremendous headway. I am taking home hundreds of documents. Thank you.

Are YOU Ready? Book NOW: http://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Second Tour Added for 2017!

Second Tour Added for 2017!

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the genealogy research tours, a second tour has been added for 2017.

This year's participants had an amazing genealogy journey. Finding court records detailing the lives of their ancestors. Reading Kirk Session records admonishing the sinful living of their ancestors. Seeing maps with the names of their ancestors on the buildings, plans of the places they worked. Finding articles in the newspapers telling about achievements or accidental deaths. Reading the removal lists of the estates from which their ancestors were cleared. 


I can tell you first hand that your Scottish ancestors are waiting for you to find them in the Scottish records, but in order to do that, you NEED to step AWAY from the computer. In addition to the information you will find in the archives or libraries, being in the places where your ancestors lived, walking the same streets, worshiping in the churches they worshiped in, were baptized in or were married in, and visiting their graves will give you a sense of connection to them and to your ancestral homeland that will be deeper than you can ever imagine. You will feel more rooted, more Scottish, more whole.

Take the plunge. Travel to YOUR ancestral homeland. Find your ancestors. Discover your Scottish roots.

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