Thursday, 6 December 2012

Give the Gift of Heritage

If you are looking for a special gift for your genealogy sleuth this Christmas, why not give them the gift of connecting with their ancestral heritage. Take them to Scotland. Allow them time in the archives to research their roots. Tour their villages, town, graveyards. Learn the history and culture. Create a memory of a lifetime. Help your genealogist search their roots and discover their heritage.
Non-genealogy partners travel for half price.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Genealogy Tours of Scotland Newsletter Now Available

The December issue of the Newsletter is now available.

In this issue:

  • Only 4 spots left for 2013
  • Highlights from 2012
  • Ancestral Tourism - preparing for a genealogy holiday
  • Travels of a Taphophile
  • Part of Edinburgh Castle belongs to Nova Scotia

Genealogy Tours of Scotland Newsletter Dec 2012

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Spaces are booking up quickly. If you are considering joining the 2013 tour, please reserve your spot soon before the spaces are all filled. The next tour will not take place until 2014.

Travel to Scotland, spend time in the archives and get access to records not available online. Days of research will take place at Scotland's People Centre (you can also book time at the National Archives), the Scottish Genealogy Society and the National Library. There will also be the opportunity for you to visit the local genealogy society in the area where your ancestors lived. Daily fees for these research days are included in the tour fees.  

A Sample Itinerary for the tour includes: 

Day 1: The tour begins today. Today is a bank holiday. Banks, post offices and other government buildings will be closed. The afternoon will be free time to enjoy the city, take a city tour, or to rest after the long flight and 5 hour time change.   

Day 2: Following breakfast, we will be taken to Scotland’s People Centre. Here we will enjoy a Family History Event, which is not only an introduction to the facility but a workshop on Scottish Research as well. Coffee and tea will be provided during this event, which will run the entire morning. You are free to research all afternoon.  

Day 3: Following breakfast, we will return to Scotlands People Centre for a full day of research.   

Day 4:  Following breakfast, we will head to the Scottish Genealogy Society. Here, we will take part in a Family History event to learn about moving forward in our Scottish research. 

Day 5:  Following breakfast, we will be taken to the National Library. Here we will be shown a presentation on what the Library has to offer then given a quick tour. You will require a temporary library card in order to research here.  

The weekend is open for anyone wishing to travel or sightsee.   

Day 8: Arrangements can be made for you to attend the genealogy society in the area where your ancestors lived to provide you with the social history details you won't necessarily get elsewhere. If this is at a distance, you might want to also spend the weekend in the area to gain a better sense of who your ancestors were and then attend the local genealogy society on the Monday prior to your return to Edinburgh.   

Day 9:  Following breakfast, we will return to Scotlands People Centre for a full day of research. The evening will be spent at the Taste of Scotland Show.
Day 10: Following breakfast, we will check out of the hotel so you can transfer back to Glasgow airport.  

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.