The report that we produce for you about your ancestors will bring them to life in many ways. But nothing beats the unique experience of visiting where they actually lived to touch and feel what their lives were like. We can help you follow in your family’s footsteps in many ways.
What we do to trace your ancestry.
We go in search of your ancestors firstly by identifying where your ancestors lived, worked, went to school and played. Our report will include maps which show where family locations were. Among the challenges are to find out exactly where these houses or buildings were; and if they’re still there! Contact can be made with the current occupants – who are often delighted to show the descendants round. Can the places that they went to school or worked be found? A building that has almost always survived is the church that they went to. A gravestone can be very poignant. Then there is the history and social climate of the times in that area. We use a range of sources to explore this; and what it may have been like for the family. There are bound to be surprises!
Some highlights of recent genealogical visits include:
Kiwis go back to their roots at Longhorsley – This Ancestral visit to their Northumberland roots was organised by us and supported by the Local History Society. The video shows descendants from round the world being shown their roots, with interviews with George English, the Local History Society members and a Kiwi descendant.
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.
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.
A personalised event that many family members from around the world can enjoy, but takes a lot of organising, is a Family Reunion, complete with programme of talks, visits and social events . As well as finding out all about the family locations and history, there is the need to organise good, knowledgeable speakers for the programme and arrange the visits. Then all the administration of finding venues, arranging meals, travel and accommodation, making bookings and advising on what to see.
Welcome and Acting out the Ancestors – these show part of the Reunion held in St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch where the family had worshipped in the 19th century. It includes a flashmob of family members acting out family events in the 1800s in England and New Zealand.
Lough and Brick Lane, Spitalfields shows family members having dinner where their ancestors lived and had a shop in the mid 19th century – now an Indian Restaurant.
Visitors guide to ancestral lands
A guide to family locations, including other points of interest, can be shared with family members, enabling them to visit when convenient for them. Examples include one in the East End of London, passing the site of one of Shakespeare’s theatres; and in Cumbria, where a family house that had been there for 500 years, had only finally been demolished a few years before.
We can help you in whatever way suits you best. From just giving advice, to teamwork where we work together on a project, to one of our professional genealogists organising and accompanying you on a genealogical visit to your ancestral lands or organising your personalised family history event. Please get in touch on 07810 370312, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a form and we will respond within 24 hours. We look forward to bringing your ancestors to life. Thank you.