All too soon, another Genealogy Tour of Scotland has come to an end. The days have flown by. We researched at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the National Library, the National Archives, Edinburgh City Archives, the John Gray Centre in Haddington and at the Scottish Genealogy Society.
We attended talks on Kirk Session Records, High Court Records, National Records of Scotland, Scottish Maps and Family History Resources at the National Library.
We learned about life in Victorian times, the poverty and the difficulty of the times. We learned about Scottish history, Edinburgh's history and the characters that shaped Edinburgh.
We visited ancestral villages and towns including Bridge of Weir (the Quarriers Village), Newtonhill, Callander, Haddington, Old Edinburgh and Lanarkshire.
We took day trips, walked for miles and enjoyed the beauty and culture of our ancestral homeland. We have made new friendships. We have a deeper understanding of what it means to have Scottish Heritage. Most importantly, we have connected to our ancestors and to Scotland in a way that we never could have imagined had we only depended on online resources. And for this, there are no words that can fully describe what we have experienced.