Walk in Your Forebears' Footsteps - You've Done The Research, Now Add the Colour
This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for you to truly bring to life your family history. You may have spent months or years researching your family tree, but you've done it all from a chair, using your computer. Well, here is your chance to actually get to see the places where your ancestors were born, lived, worked, went to Church, and died.
Using my local knowledge of the area, my knowledge of how to access relevant information locally and off the net, and my experience in extensively researching my own genealogy, I can put together a great day out where we visit the area in Devon that your family came from. We can visit the beautiful countryside, towns and villages of your forebears, and go inside the churches that they once attended services in. Possibly we can find their headstones, and go to lunch in the pub they once ate in. I can help to put the colour into your family history, and we can certainly include plenty of time for photo stops.
* Please contact me to discuss the day before booking.
I will collect you at 9am, after you've had breakfast. We will then proceed to the locations that we've identified as being relevant to your family, whether they are in towns, villages or the countryside. Time spent just wandering through a place can give a feel for the atmosphere, and most churches are open to visitors, so there is a good chance that you can actually walk in the footsteps of your forebears. Lunch will be in a handpicked pub or restaurant, during which I will share with you some of my fascinating family history, if you wish. The afternoon can proceed in much the same manner as the morning, with plentiful opportunities for photography. Alternatively, we can shape the afternoon to suit your individual interests. If you wish, we can end the afternoon with a traditional Devonshire cream tea, then I will drop you back to your accommodation at approximately 5:30 pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For this one day tour, I will collect you from your accommodation at 9am, as long as it is within reasonable distance from where I live. If you are intending to take a several day tour, then I can arrange for airport pickups, or collection from other parts of the country.
End location: I will take you back to your accommodation.
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
If you wish to start earlier, this will extend the day further. If you wish to finish later, this might be possible depending on my availability.
As your driver guide, I will take you around in my Ford Galaxy people carrier, which can comfortably take 6 adult passengers. It is a 2010 model in very good, clean condition.
My services as your tour guide, my research time prior to the day (this is research to plan the itinerary, rather than family history research, which I am prepared to do, but at a pre-negotiated price), transport in my vehicle including fuel and full insurance, any fees, fares or entrance charges which I would incur for accompanying you. I will be responsible for any parking charges applicable to my vehicle.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - Any refreshments, meals, drinks and any other purchases you make on the day. This is a per person cost, and could be higher or lower depending on your tastes and preferences!
Any refreshments, meals, drinks and any other purchases you make on the day.
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I was impressed with the preparatory work Alex did on my family history prior to my arrival, including locating houses and churches of interest as well as people e.g. a local historian with a possible family link, and a church warden who kindly opened a church for me to view. Alex pre-planned the route for the day but was flexible in his timings allowing me to extend the day so that I could visit other villages of interest. I highly recommend Alex to anyone visiting Devon to seek their family roots.