Genealogy Tours Led by Experts

Your journey begins with an AncestryDNA® kit, which analyzes DNA and provides a breakdown of a person’s ethnic background. Travelers will then have the opportunity to build their family tree and discuss their DNA results with an expert from AncestryProGenealogists during a pre-trip family history review. Every journey will be led by a local Tour Director and professional genealogist, who will provide family history context and bring a personal perspective to each destination. Genealogical adventurers will gain a deeper understanding of their family’s past and the knowledge of how to continue learning about their ancestors’ history once back home.

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Irish Heritage Tour

Dublin, Cork, County Kerry & Galway

On this adventure through Ireland, you’ll uncover the country’s highlights and enduring heritage. This special tour, designed with The Irish Ancestral Research Association), allows more research time in archives/libraries. Start in historic Dublin and continue on through County Cork. After exploring the mesmerizing Cliffs of Moher and charming Galway, you’ll say goodbye to the Emerald Isle with a deeper understanding of your genealogy.

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Kyle Betit

Tour Genealogist

My name is Kyle Betit, and I will be your expert genealogist guide during the tour. I’ve traveled extensively throughout Europe while helping hundreds of families uncover their roots. My own ancestors come from Perthshire and Renfrewshire (Scotland) and counties Cork, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, and Laois (Ireland). I have appeared in multiple episodes of the *Who Do You Think You Are?* TV show, and I am the author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors.

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German Heritage Tour

Family Emigration & Origins

Set out from Hanseatic Hamburg to see the highlights of this dynamic country. Soak up culture in Cologne and Munich, cruise along the Rhine River, and wander through Bavaria's charming cities, visiting museums that bring the past to life as you go. On this Germany adventure, you'll gain new insight into your family genealogy.

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Ursula Krause

Tour Genealogist

My name is Ursula Krause and I will be your expert genealogist during your tour of Germany! I am a native German, residing on the German countryside. Besides working as a researcher, I am also a genealogy expert on German TV shows and have provided research for several TV productions worldwide. And I've traced my own family back to the 1400's!

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Sicilian Heritage Tour

Palermo to Taormina

Spectacular landscapes, enduring culture, mouthwatering flavor—experience the best of Sicily on this one-of-a-kind trip. You'll journey from Palermo to Syracuse and Taormina, uncovering pieces of your genealogy along the way. As you gain new perspective on the place your ancestors came from, the country might start to feel like home to you, too.

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Stephanie LeVeque

Tour Genealogist

My name is Stephanie LeVeque and I’ll be your expert genealogist during your tour of your homeland, Sicily! Planted on the shores of the Great Lakes, I’ve bloomed across the globe. I cherish study notebooks from my youth, their mildewed pages scrolled with notes from a love steeped in the history, languages, and cultures that fed the trunk of my family tree up to my tiny leaf. After a decade of corporate cubicles, my passion led me to a home at Ancestry, where I have many interests and specialize in Italian research and dual citizenship. I hold a B.A. in Spanish, Literature, and Cultural Studies and am a dual U.S.-Italian citizen. I’m Mediterranean at soul and Mexican by marriage. (Hometown: Munising, Michigan)

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Scottish Heritage Tour

Edinburgh, the Highlands & Glasgow

Discover familial connections on this genealogical journey through Scotland. You’ll learn about the country’s rich history and lively legends by exploring iconic sites like Edinburgh Castle and Loch Ness. In between visiting Scotland’s historic cities and traversing the countryside landscapes, enjoy time to research your family history and connect with your Scottish roots.

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Kristy Wilkinson

Tour Genealogist

My name is Kirsty Wilkinson and I will be your expert genealogist during the tour. I have lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, for 20 years and I am a regular researcher at Scotland’s national and local record repositories. I look forward to helping you discover your own Scottish family history story.

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About Ancestry

Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 5 million people. Since 1996, more than 10 billion historical records have been added to Ancestry's databases, and users have created more than 90 million family trees. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspaper.com, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLA, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.

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About Go Ahead Tours

Travel is the best way to learn about the world, and Go Ahead Tours makes it easy to get to the heart of a destination. As part of the world’s largest private education company, Go Ahead Tours draws on 50 years of experience and a rich network of local Tour Directors, historians, and experts to create one-of-a-kind journeys for curious travelers. Each trip offers the perfect balance of carefully planned activities and free time to explore your interests, so you’ll return home with memories that last a lifetime.

Guided Heritage Tours

Travel with a professional genealogist to destinations in Ireland, Italy, or Germany.

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Ancestral Home Visits

Let us create a personalized ancestral home visit to help you walk in the steps of your ancestors. Watch us on the NBC Today Show

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Genealogy Cruises

Participate in discussions and workshops with professional genealogists from ANCESTRY® and learn how we help people discover more about who they are and where they come from.

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