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 Ancestry 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 Ancestry 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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Joe Buggy

2019 Tour Genealogist

My name is Joe Buggy, and I will be your expert genealogist guide during the tour. I am a native of Ireland and have spent my life helping visitors to experience and learn about Ireland and their ancestral ties to the country.

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Irish Ancestry Tour

Northern Ireland & the Wild Atlantic Way

Travel along the western coast of the Emerald Isle, tracing your genealogy as you go. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to see the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to Slieve League to the Cliffs of Moher. On this fascinating journey, you'll experience what life was like for your Irish ancestors.

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Eimer Shea

2019 Tour Genealogist

My name is Eimer Shea and I am from County Donegal, with roots in both Counties Donegal and Galway. Having grown up on the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland I had a diverse upbringing and unique understanding of the political and cultural history of the North of Ireland.

Quentin Burrows

2019 Tour Genealogist

My name is Quentin Burrows, and I will be your expert genealogist guide during the tour. I specialize in Irish-American Genealogy and have dual Irish citizenship. I have spent a great deal of time in Ireland, with my mother having been born in County Sligo.

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German Ancestry 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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Kevan Hansen

2019 Tour Genealogist

My name is Kevan Hansen, and I will be your expert genealogist guide during the tour. I have more than 30 years of experience in genealogy research and specialize in German genealogy. I lived in Germany for several years. I am the author of 56 volumes of the "Map Guide to German Parish Registers," the "Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers," and 9 volumes of the "Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers." I look forward to helping you discover your own German family history.

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Sicilian Ancestry 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

2019 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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Italian Ancestry Tour

Campania to Puglia

This trip to Southern Italy is an invitation to step back in time. Begin in Naples, the cultural heart of Campania. Discover the charms of Puglia, from coastal Bari to lovely Lecce to untouched Alberobello. Then, soak in the scenery of the Amalfi Coast, exploring your genealogy and uncovering your family story along the way.

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Joanna Cicely Fennell

2019 Tour Genealogist

My name is Joanna Cicely Fennell, and I will be your expert genealogist guide during the tour. I have spent many years studying Italian history, language, cinema and culture. I have traveled extensively throughout Italy and look forward to exploring your family history with you in Southern Italy/Sicily.

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Scottish Ancestry 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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Kyle Betit

2019 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.

Kristy Wilkinson

2019 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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Ireland TIARA Tour

Dublin, Cork, County Kerry & Galway

On this adventure through Ireland, you’ll uncover the country’s highlights and enduring heritage. 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

2019 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.

Ancestry

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.

Go Ahead Tours

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.

Heritage Travel

Explore your genealogy and uncover your family story on our one-of-a-kind European heritage tours. Whether you prefer to explore your family origins with a group, on board a ship, or individually on a curated trip with a professional genealogist, we have the right trip for you.

Guided Ancestry 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.

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Genealogy Cruises

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

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