Two Ancestral Tours

We met Karen and Nancy , two Canadian ladies who were visiting Scotland to research their Scottish ancestry, at the SAFHS Conference in Galashiels. Both ladies were travelling as part of Genealogy Tours of Scotland and had spent their week in Edinburgh visiting ScotlandsPeople Centre and various other archives in the quest to learn more about their ancestry.

Karen booked a personal ancestral tour with us to visit Dumfriesshire where her ancestors had lived prior to their emigration to Canada. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled through Peeblesshire and Lanarkshire before entering Dumfriesshire through the snowy Dalveen Pass. We visited Thornhill and Moniaive where we found Karen’s ancestral homes. Afterwards we visited Closeburn, Holywood and Kirkmahoe Kirkyards where Karen was delighted to find the headstones of her ancestors and various other family members. Our journey back to Edinburgh was via Moffat, the Devil’s Beef Tub and Tweedsmuir.

Karen meets her ancestors at Closeburn Churchyard, Dumfriesshire.

Karen meets her ancestors at Closeburn Kirkyard, Dumfriesshire

More photographs of Karen’s ancestral tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook

Next day we took Nancy on her personal ancestral tour of Fife. Nancy’s family were particularly associated with the East Neuk prior to their emigration to Canada. We visited the historic towns and churches of Auchtermuchty, Falkland, Markinch, Kilrenny, Pittenweem and Dysart. Nancy had in her possession family papers that documented the erection of a family headstone at Markich Cemetery, however due to extensive vandalism we were unable to locate the stone. We were more successful at Pittenweem Kirkyard where we found the headstone of Nancy’s ancestors. Our tour finished in Edinburgh by visiting Pilrig’s Rosebank Cemetery.

Nancy finds the final resting place of her ancestors at Pittenweem.

Nancy finds the final resting place of her ancestors at Pittenweem Kirkyard, Fife

More photographs of Nancy’s ancestral tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook

It was a pleasure for us to organise Karen and Nancy’s ancestral tours and to share their  delight in finding their ancestral roots

A tailor-made ancestral tour with Borders Journeys takes our visitors on a journey of discovery where they walk in the footsteps of their ancestors and discover the people, places and traditions connected with them.

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