The Farleys were convinced they were Yorkshire born-and-bred but we found they had arrived there via Lancashire and Kent from Devon. So, their next holiday was spent exploring the places where their ancestors had lived in Devon.
The Abbotts had lived near London since the 18th century. But we found living relatives in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, all of whom had family documents and letters from long ago.
The Caldows had emigrated from Ayrshire to Australia in the 18th century. We found 5 farms where the family had lived in the first half of the 19th century; and arranged for 3 of the current occupants to show her round their homes.
The Rutter family had lived in a rural area of Cheshire for many generations, marrying people from places within a few miles. We found places that they had lived and worked e.g. railway; farm; garden.
The Grahams had lived at Kittochside House, East Kilbride for 2 centuries before emigrating to New Zealand in 1864. The current owners were delighted to show the living relatives round when they visited UK.
The Morris family helped Swansea to have more than 50% of the world’s copper trade; created the first purpose-built workers’ village, Morriston; and were responsible for the world’s first passenger carrying railway. The 3 day trip we organised included visits to Archives, Museums, local historians, family locations; and dinner in ancestors’ homes.
Noble, Slade and Pierdon. Both husband and wife had English and Scottish ancestors; and did a 3 week trip to UK with their children. This included Dundee, where many family members had gone to school, worked in the jute industry and been buried.
Hunter – this rewarding day started in Tarbolton, Ayrshire where the descendant was blown away to learn that his ancestor was the publican when Rabbie Burns and the Bachelors Club met there in the 1780s.