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Ancient Proverb: “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.”
Perhaps you’re lucky enough to know the name of the home place where your Irish/Ulster-Scots ancestors originated from? Or you maybe only know that they emigrated from Ireland at some time in the distant past? Either way, we can help you connect with your long-lost family. We have the know-how and the experience to make it happen. Get in touch with us today and begin your personal journey of discovery.!
We can help YOU grow your Family Tree
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. You can also take a 5 Star family history tour designed especially for you!
We hold an impressive 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, your hosts the Kielt family have lived in the Magherafelt/ South Derry 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 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