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:



Thursday, 12 February 2015

Scottish Institute Day Two Speaker Line-Up

The Scottish Institute will be held in Edinburgh and will offer a series of talks by experts in their respective genealogical fields

Tuesday October 20

Today's talks will take place at the West Lothian Room of the Lothian Chambers on the George IV Bridge. Here, we will hear from the following experts:

Richard Hunter, archivist at the Edinburgh City Archives will share information on the resources available at the City Archives as well as how these records can be accessed for genealogical research

Louise McCarron, Manager of Reader Services at the National Library of Scotland will discuss the holdings of the NLS and, in particular, the family history resources that are available for genealogical research. Focus will be given to the Maps, Newspapers and Trades and Post Office Directories

Following lunch on our own, we will hear from Louise Williams, archivist with the Lothian NHS. Louise's talk Finding Heritage in Health: Hospital Records for Genealogists

Andrew Nicholl, Development Manager at SCRAN will talk to us about the resources available through the ScotlandsPlaces website as well as the photographic collection available from the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and how these can enhance genealogical research and research reports.

Our day will end early to allow for some free time to enjoy this historic city.

Tuesday provides 5 hours of learning. 

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:
http://www.scottishinstitute.ca/

For unanswered questions: genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com
 

 

 


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Scottish Institute Speakers Confirmed - Day 1

The Scottish Institute, a unique learning opportunity for genealogists who do client work in the Scottish records, will be held in Edinburgh and will offer a series of talks by experts in their respective genealogical fields

Monday October 19

Today's talks will take place at the National Records of Scotland. Here, we will hear from the following experts:

Iain Ferguson, Manager, ScotlandsPeople Centre, who will talk about the records held by the GRO and that are available at the ScotlandsPeople Centre. These differ greatly from the records available online.

An archivist (yet to be named) will talk about the records available at the National Archives of Scotland. http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/

Chris Halliday, manager of the Family History Centre at the Highland Archives in Inverness will share information about what Highland resources are available and how they can be accessed. http://www.highlandarchives.org.uk/

Following lunch on our own, Emma and Graham Maxwell, owners of the Scottish Indexes website will discuss their work on the more elusive records that they are indexing and making available online. These include sheriff court records (Paternity Cases), Asylum records, Prison registers and non-OPR BMD records. http://www.scottishindexes.co.uk/

Kirsty Wilkinson, owner of My Ain Folk genealogy services will talk to us about palaeography and understanding Scottish handwriting. http://www.myainfolk.com/Home.html

We will round out the day at the NRS with a talk by Chris Paton, owner of Scotlands Greatest Story and author of the British Genes blog. Chris will talk on the various church records, how to access them and what information we might find in them. http://britishgenes.blogspot.ca/

After dinner on our own, we will walk over to the Scottish Genealogy Society where genealogist Ken Nisbet will share his expertise on researching Military records. Ken will also provide us with a tour of the Scottish Genealogy Society.

We will then retire back to the hotel to get rested up for day two of lectures.

Monday provides 7 hours of learning.

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.




Saturday, 31 January 2015

SCOTTISH INSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS




Sign up for this unique opportunity for professional and semi-professional genealogists who do research in the Scottish records. 

While in Edinburgh, we will be learning from Scottish genealogists and archivists who are expert in their respective fields.

The week of intense study culminates in a joint day of Professional Development with our colleagues in the Scottish Genealogy Network.

Fees include: 
  •  7 nights in a hotel in Old Town Edinburgh, at the edge of the University campus
  •  Breakfast every morning
  •  Transfer to the Archives
  •  Two and half days of intense learning    
  •   An evening of learning and tour of the Scottish Genealogy Society
  •  Research fees for two full days of research at the NRS
  •   Research fees for a unique evening of research at the NRS
  •   Half a day of research at the Maps Dept of the NLS
  •  Registration fees for the joint day of Professional Development with the  Scottish Genealogy Network
  •  Lunch at the SGN Professional Development Day
  •  Time to network and develop collaborative relationships with our Scottish  colleagues
  •  A guided historical tour of Greyfriars Cemetery (note, this is NOT a ghost  tour)
 This unique Institute is limited to 15 participants.
For more information or to book your space in the Institute:





Book Your Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland


What better way to truly understand your ancestors than to visit their homeland? Walk where your ancestors walked. Visit the churches they attended. Pay tribute to them at their grave.

Genealogy Tours of Scotland offers 10 - day research tours in Edinburgh. Tour groups will have reserved access to all research facilities including talks on the records available at each repository for family history research.






Included in your tour:
· 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: www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Resources for Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland

New books to assist you in planning your genealogy research trip to Scotland:

 Planning a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland Workbook $3.50



 Preparing For a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland Quick Guide $8.95