Our family connections to the U.K.

As  a genealogist, I have been collecting names, and dates and documents for years. This trip is about following some of those documents home to England, Wales, and Scotland.

Our first stop is London where we plan on just being tourists.  Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are on the list.  After two days, we say good-bye to London and head out to visit the druids at the mysterious Stonehenge.

Our family history trek begins in Plymouth, where Brian’s ancestor John Alden boarded the Mayflower on a voyage to the new world.  Then it’s off to Staffordshire where my great great grandfather, Daniel Boone Smith was born.  This man is my genealogy brick wall.  I hope to find out some of his secrets here.

Next stop is Llangollen, Wales to visit with my 4th cousin Alan.  We share a common ancestor named Edward Rees who lived in Llangollen.  The photo header for this site was taken by Alan on Horseshoe Pass between his town of Brymbo and our third great grandfather’s home of Llangollen.

After Wales we head back to England to the little town of Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales where the Walkers came from.  Brian’s great great grandfather, Thomas Walker, was born there.  He immigrated as a young man and fought in the Civil War for his new country.

Askrigg is our last stop in England, then it’s off to Scotland.  We spend one night in Stirling after a long drive and then head for Inverness where my mother’s Rose family ancestors came from.  We’ll be staying on the grounds of the Kilravock Castle once owned by the Rose family.  We won’t be far from Loch Ness so will probably have to pay a visit there.

Our last two nights will be in Edinburgh where I hope to do some research and some shopping, although, not necessarily in that order.

Then it’s back to “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains…”

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