Watch your family history come to life on a once-in-a-lifetime tailor-made travel experience. Our professional genealogists will uncover the stories in your family tree and partner with a destination expert from award-winning travel company Kensington Tours to create a personalized itinerary around the most meaningful places and moments of your past. Your entire trip will be privately guided by local experts in family history and culture.

Bring your family history to life with a Personal Heritage Journey built around the most meaningful places and events in family’s past.

Your experience includes:
  • Pre-trip research with an expert genealogist
  • Summary report of your research project that highlights key findings
  • Copies of documents and images found during research
  • Specially designed itinerary focused on your goals
  • On-tour help from local experts, private guides, and a professional genealogist

What You Can See on an Ancestral Home Visit

You may schedule an Ancestral Home Visit as part of your Personal Heritage Journey with Kensington Tours and AncestryProGenealogists®, or schedule an Ancestral Home Visit to your ancestral village/town/parish/district separately. Using records, maps, and local knowledge, an ancestral home visit with an AncestryProGenealogists® team member may include the following, based on your ancestors’ circumstances:

  • The exact plot of land where the family once lived. You may find an existing house, the ruins of a dwelling, a new structure, or even an empty field.
  • Meet the people who live on that land now or any relatives living nearby.
  • Talk to any local resident who may be an expert in the history of families in the area.
  • Visit the church the ancestors attended.
  • Visit the cemetery where the ancestors were buried and see their burial plots.
  • Visit the school the ancestors attended (or the site where it once stood).
  • Visit the town hall where your ancestors would have congregated with neighbors.
  • See unique attractions in the immediate area. For instance, visitors to Ireland might visit a holy well, ringfort, famine house, bog or peat gathering place, or mass rock. Visitors to Italy may take part in festivals for the local patron saint or visit a shrine in a village church. Battle sites, historical markers, geographical attractions like lakes or rivers, or markets may be tour stops in any country.
  • See where the local landlord lived.
  • Have a meal in a restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine.
  • Visit a local museum to learn more about your ancestors’ daily lives, housing, and trades in which they may have worked.
  • Ancestral Home Visit Experience

    Ancestral Home Visit Experience

    Vicki Stuber went on a trip around Ireland that was filled with remarkable places that her ancestors once lived. She was even able to meet one of her cousins in Galway. Despite it being their first encounter they connected immediately, and consider themselves to be close friends for life. Ancestry® heritage tours combined with an AncestryDNA® test can provide eye-opening insights with family you never knew you had. We are traveling to Germany, Ireland, and Italy in 2018!

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Unknown Parentage Research

"You have no idea how much I appreciate what you and your team have done for me. I've been on the phone almost every day with my sister and both of my cousins. Carol and I are traveling to Tennessee to see my cousins and their families and friends. I can't thank you all enough!"

- Wayne

Ancestral Travel

"We all enjoyed very much our ancestral home visit with Gabriele this morning. It gave us exactly what I wanted it to do, to put some ‘flesh on the bones’ of the vital records, and put my wife’s ancestors in the context of what they did and where they lived and what their world was like when they were in Palermo. Gabriele himself was a pleasure to spend time with and I was impressed by the work he did preparing for our tour."

- Mark

Genealogy Research

"Our sincere thanks for the expertise of your team. The extent of their research shows why professionals are needed when lay persons reach the end of readily available resources or miss what is or should be obvious."

- Ronald

Family History Book

"The writing and editing of my book went better than expected. Your entire team made the process very enjoyable. Your patience, cheerfulness, and professionalism helped create a beautiful legacy for me and my family."

- Greg

Genealogy Research

"I want to thank all of you for your time, effort, and focus on our ancestry project. We have reviewed the summary, journal and supporting documentation and I wanted to write to you to express how very happy we are with the end product that the team has produced for us. AncestryProGenealogists truly went above and beyond to make our project come out right, and in the end, you far exceeded our expectations - thank you!"

- Amy

Specialized Military Research

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