Tuesday, 15 January 2019

ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT FOR ORKNEY GENEALOGY RESEARCH TOUR 2020


Orkney Tour 50% Sold Out

Although newly on the market, the Orkney tour is already 50% sold out. As with all of my tours, they will fill on a first come, first serve basis and spaces can not be held without a deposit. 
For more information or to register:https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/orkney-2020.html


Sunday, 13 January 2019

JOIN US FOR A GENEALOGY RESEARCH TOUR TO THE SCOTTISH BORDERS




The tour is scheduled for September 20-27, 2020. Arrival will be on the Sunday and check out on the following Sunday. This will give you a free day to just enjoy the area.

This research trip is specific to the Borders region – the counties of: Berwickshire, Peebleshire, Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire. It does NOT include Dumfries and Galloway or the Solway Coast.

The hotel is in historic Melrose. The Abbey is next door and Sir Walter Scott is buried there. Melrose Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart. Abbotsford House was the home of Sir Walter Scott. Trimontium Museum tells the story and history of Roman Scotland. They host guided walking tours of medieval Melrose for a nominal fee.

The tour fees are $2945 canadian. This includes: 
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 days of research at Hawick Heritage Hub
  • 1 day of research at the Borders Family History Society
  • Transport to and from the research facilities
  • Pre-tour preparation and support
  • A day trip to some historic sites in the Scottish Borders 


** non-researching companions are most welcome to join us on this tour. A discount will be applied if sharing a room with a researcher.


Saturday, 12 January 2019

JOIN US FOR A GENEALOGY TOUR TO ORKNEY!


Join me for a genealogy research tour to Orkney. 


The tour is scheduled for May 24-31, 2020. We will be staying at the Shore Hotel

Arrival will be on the Sunday and check out on the following Sunday. This allows time to just enjoy Orkney.

We will be stationed in Kirkwall which has the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace.

The tour fees are $2995 canadian and include:

·         7 nights hotel
·        7 breakfasts
·         3 days of research
·         Day trip around the western half of Mainland Orkney
·         Day trip around the eastern side of Mainland Orkney
·         Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness
·         Skara Brae & Skaill House
·         The Bishops Palace
·         Maes Howe
·         Churchill Barriers
·         Italian Chapel (additional £3)

I can take people into Stromness for a stroll. It is a lovely wee place, full of history. The buildings have historical plaques on them letting you know their history. The museum is small but well worth a visit. We can return via the round church in Orphir. If you would like to go to any of the smaller islands, I recommend you plan additional time in Orkney. 


** non researchers are welcome. If accompanying a researcher, there will be a discount. If you wish to see Orkney without researching, your fees will be the same as the researcher fees. 

Friday, 4 January 2019

SEEKING INTEREST IN A GENEALOGY TOUR TO STIRLING/PERTH

Are Your Roots in Central Scotland?



I recently sent out a poll asking people about specific localized regions that might be of interest for a future genealogy tour. Based on the results of the poll, I am seeking interest in three specific areas for a future tour. Like the Highland tour, these will likely be a one-off rather than ongoing.
The final place that came through with strong interest was the Stirling/Perth area. If I get enough interest, I will organize a tour.
 
There are archives at Stirling University, Council archives in both Stirling and Perth and the Central Scotland Family History Society in Stirling. Anyone who wishes to could manage a day trip to Dundee or Fife if your ancestors are from those areas.

In addition to research time, I would offer the opportunity to see the major points of interest Stirling: Stirling Castle, Bannockburn, Falkirk: the Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel, Perth: Scone Palace

The tour would likely be a week in length. Getting to and from Stirling/Perth would be the tour participant's responsibility.

If you have an interest in researching ancestors in Central Scotland, let me know and I will add you to the list of those interested. I will need about 12-14 people to make this work.