Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Searching Your Scottish Ancestry Webinar

Sept 23: Scottish Genealogy Research Basics
7:00 pm Eastern

This 90 minute webinar will get you well and truly started on your researching your Scottish ancestors. In addition, you will learn about a number of resources that are helpful in researching Scottish ancestry. Included are:

- where to start
- why the ScotlandsPeople website is critical to your research
- why geography is important
- Old Parish Records vs Statutory Records
- Census Records
- Records of Corrected Entry
- Citing Sources
- Scottish Naming Pattern
- Scottish Marriages
- National Archives and what is available for Scottish genealogy
- National Library and what is available for Scottish genealogy
- Local Archives for genealogy research
- University Archives for genealogy research
- Using Newspapers for genealogy research
- Scottish Family History Societies

Cost for 90 minute webinar: $19.95

To register:
 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-search-of-your-scottish-ancestors-webinar-tickets-17823308997

If you are not able to attend the "live" event, you can register and pay and you will then get up to 30 days to access the recording of the webinar. 


Monday, 24 August 2015

Second Tour for 2016 is Filling Fast

Our Genealogy Research Tour for May 2016 sold out almost a year in advance.

A second tour for Sept 2016 has been added. But this second tour is filling quickly. 

Is traveling to Scotland to research your family history on your bucket list?
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. Feel the deep and lasting connection to them as you stand at their gravesite.

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 a sense of being whole, connected, belonging to your Scottish ancestors, join us on our next Genealogy Tour in Sept 2016.

This tour is filling fast and, although still more than a year away, is already 30% full. Don't miss out. Book now at: www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Scottish Genealogy Research Webinar

Wednesday Sept 23, 2015
7 pm EST
Beginner/Intermediate Level
90 minute webinar
$19.95

While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up.

This talk will get you started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research.

Topics Include:

  • Starting Your Search
  • ScotlandsPeople Website
  • Scottish Naming Pattern
  • Scottish Marriages
  • Catholic Parish Records on ScotlandsPeople
  • Scottish Family History Societies
  • Other Websites/Resources for Scottish Research


Register at:

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Help Available in the Heritage Tent at Fergus Scottish Festival

Genealogy Tours of Scotland will be in the Heritage Tent at the Fergus Scottish Festival this coming weekend. The tent will be near Clan Avenue and will have lots of people on hand to assist you with your genealogy research. 

The Wellington Branch of the OGS will be in the tent as well and will be onhand to answer questions about genealogy and will be able to help you with your research. 

Genealogy Tours of Scotland will be offering assistance specifically on the ScotlandsPeople website, so don't be shy, come along and get help to find your Scottish connections. 

The Heritage Tent opens at 9 on Saturday and Sunday. Drop by. Share the stories of your Scottish ancestors and, if interested, ask for some research help. 

See you in Fergus!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

SECOND TOUR ADDED FOR 2016

A second, smaller group genealogy research trip to Scotland has been added for 2016.

With the popularity of the Spring 2016 tour and it being SOLD OUT 11 months in advance, a second, smaller sized group tour has been added for 2016. 

Spaces are limited to 10. Spaces will fill quickly with the majority being filled over the remainder of the summer. I anticipate that by mid October ALL SPACES WILL BE GONE. 

No further tours for 2016 will be added. 

If you are interested in a group trip to Scotland to research your family history and to spend time in your ancestral homeland, BOOK NOW while space is available. 

Following the 10 day research tour, you will return home with your newly found documents, memories and deeper sense of your own Scottish heritage.

Here's the link:  http://genealogytoursofscotland.ca/

Spring 2016 Genealogy Research Tour to Scotland ITINERARY NOW CONFIRMED

Monday May 30: This is a day of arrival. Today is a bank holiday in Scotland. While all of the banks and government buildings will be closed, the heritage sites, museums and tourist attractions will be open as are most of the stores.

We will meet in the restaurant area of the hotel at 6:30 pm for a meet and greet and to talk about the week ahead. There will be an opportunity to sign up for optional walking tours of Edinburgh during the week. Each tour is £8 and the fees will be payable upon sign up. Non-researchers are also welcome to join us for the meet and greet and to attend the walking tours with us.

I will also have information of things to do during the weekend if you are planning to travel to the area where your ancestors lived before or after the genealogy tour.

Tuesday May 31: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group for 8:45. From here we will taxi to ScotlandsPeople Centre where we will enjoy a Family History session followed by research time. Laptops and tablets can be taken into the research room. WiFi is not available.

You will need money to put on an account to pay for your downloads or print outs. Downloads are 30p Prints are 50p. Any money not spent will be returned to you at the end of the day.

Please have a username ready so that the staff can set up your account. You can give this to me at the meet and greet on Monday evening. If you are going to download, please make sure you have a USB drive with you (they are available in the shop if you forget). Pencils only, please, no pens. There are lockers available for your coats, bags etc. These require a one pound coin (£1) which will be returned to you when you open the locker back up.

There is a cafe onsite and there is a terrific little pub next door for lunch.

Wednesday June 1: Following breakfast- we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group at 9:45. We will taxi to the maps building of the National Library of Scotland.  Here we will get an introduction and will be able to then explore the maps that are available. Additional staff will be available for assistance. You may wish to bring your laptop or tablet as the number of computer stations is limited. Wifi is available.

Those who are signed up for the tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:45. From here we will walk over to the Kirk yard gates to meet with the tour organizers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes. It is NOT a ghost tour, it is an educational/historic tour. It will be outdoors, so dress appropriately. There is some walking but it is not on difficult terrain.  

Thursday June 2: Following breakfast- we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group at 9:00. From here we will walk over to the National Library of Scotland.
In order to access the records, you will require a library card. Please register online before the trip so that this will be a more seamless process. You can register here: http://www.nls.uk/

Getting the cards will take time to process for the group. Please have a piece of photo id ready to show the registrar as well as a piece of id (mail, drivers licence) that has your address on it. At 10:00, we will enjoy a talk on the resources available at the library.

The rest of the day will be available for research. The NLS is three blocks from the hotel, however, if you require a taxi to get there, one will be ordered for you. 

Those who are signed up for the historic walking tour will meet in the hotel lobby Details regarding the time to meet will be available at the meet and greet on Monday evening.

This tour lasts 2 hours. It is outside so please dress appropriately. There is quite a bit of walking involved. There are some hills and cobbled streets. It is also an historic/educational tour about some of the old closes, buildings and famous inhabitants of Edinburgh.

Friday June 3: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group for 8:45. From here we will taxi to ScotlandsPeople Centre where we will enjoy a full day of research. 

June 4 & 5 : The weekend is set aside for you to travel to the area of Scotland where your ancestors were from to gain a better sense of their lives and struggles. For those doing the travel before or after the tour, you may wish to spend the time exploring the rich history that Edinburgh has to offer.

Monday June 6: This day is set aside for you to research in the local archives or Family History Society in the region where your ancestors lived. You may also choose to sightsee, shop or take a day trip instead.

Tuesday June 7: Following breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group for 8:45. From here we will taxi to ScotlandsPeople Centre where we will enjoy our final day of research. 

At 6:20 pm, we will meet in the hotel lobby as a large group. From here we will taxi to Prestonfield where we will enjoy the Taste of Scotland Dinner and Show.


Wednesday June 8: today is check-out day. I wish you safe travels as you return home with your newly found documents, memories and deeper sense of your own Scottish heritage.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Heading Back to the Highlands (Games)

This Saturday, July 18th, Genealogy Tours of Scotland will be exhibiting at the Cambridge Highland Games. I will be among the clan tents. 

If you are at the Games, drop by and say hello. Share your genealogy stories, or ask for advice.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cambridge on Saturday, July 18th,