Family Discoveries

Do you have a Devon background? If so why not come to discover where your ancestors once lived? Ancestral tourism does not focus on kings and queens, but rather is the story of ordinary people; where they lived, what they did, and, in the case of the emigrants, why they left Devon.

People researching their ancestors can come to Devon with just locations or even addresses. On their own they can find where their forebears lived, but with a guide the story of the area, the lifestyle of the generations gone before, and sometimes, even the details of the family is brought to life.  If you have very little information about your family it is possible to hire a guide, who can do research before your visit, and from archival material uncover the story of your ancestors. Even with the sketchiest material a whole story can be brought to life.

A holiday in Devon can combine ancestral tourism with other activities. People may have lived in different areas, which leads naturally to following in their footsteps.  Working with a guide to build a holiday of ancestral tourism, along with other holiday activities, for example cycling, walking, fishing or shopping is in itself an adventure. As the guides have expert local knowledge they can ensure all the choices and decisions are possible.

Such a visit to Devon would not only be a holiday, but a journey into your own past.

Discover your past in North Devon

Learn more about the region's history