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!