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There is an ancient proverb that says: “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 list of American Presidents with Irish/Ulster-Scots ancestry that runs into double figures. When the most recent of these, President Obama, visited Ireland in 2010 he said: “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. Many have returned on a regular basis to visit their Magherafelt families and friends. So why not come and stay in our superb 4 Star accommodation in the heart of Magherafelt and let us help you find that elusive Irish ancestor.
We hold a great 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, Tyrone or Ulster Ancestors and you choose to stay with us we can provide you with much valuable information to help in your search.
Contact Us today to find out how we can help you find your roots
Another reason why this is your ideal base for searching your Magherafelt roots is that the Kielt Family – your hosts – have lived in the Magherafelt district for many years. We have extensive local knowledge of Magherafelt families and Derry and Tyrone families. 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