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There is an ancient proverb that goes: “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.”
The number of people throughout the world with Irish ancestry is truely amazing. Among them is a long list of American Presidents with Irish/Ulster-Scots ancestry. When the most recent of these, President Obama, visited Ireland in 2010 he quipped: “I am here to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the line!”
People have been coming to Laurel Villa since the 1960’s in search of their Magherafelt and Northern Ireland roots. With our assistance, many of them have found their ancestral homes and their distant or not-so-distant cousins. So why not come and stay in our superb 4 Star accommodation in the heart of N Ireland and let us help you find that elusive Irish ancestor.
We hold a vast collection of local history books, family history journals and copies of 19th. century local Ordnance Survey maps. No other accommodation establishment in N. Ireland has such a wealth of genealogical and historical materials at its disposal. Most importantly, we have the experience to match the information. If you are searching for your Magherafelt, Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone or Ulster Ancestors and you choose to stay with us we can provide you with much valuable information to help in your search.
Eugene is a professional guide and you can hire him to guide you to the places that hold the imprint of your forebears – the ancestral homestead, the church where family marriages and baptisms took place, the little whitewashed schoolhouse where they spent their younger days, the fields where they sowed corn or dug potatoes, the ancient graveyard where they were laid to rest.
Contact Us today to discuss how we can help you find your roots and make your visit to Ireland a truely memorable experience.
Laurel Villa is the ideal base for searching your Magherafelt and Northern Irish roots. Aside from all the factors mentioned above, the Kielt Family – your hosts – have lived in the Magherafelt district for countless generations. We have extensive local knowledge of Magherafelt families and families from other local parishes in Derry, Antrim and Tyrone. Eugene is a member of Ballinascreen Historical Society and in the past has given talks on family and local history.
“Though leaves are many the root is one”
W. B. Yeats The Coming of Wisdom with Time