International Society of British Isles Family History and Genealogy - Newsletter Editor
Scottish Special Interest Group, OGS - Chair
Association of Professional Genealogists - Board Member
Ontario Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists - Vice Chair
Scottish Genealogy Society
Ontario Genealogical Society
Scottish Studies Foundation
Clan Donald Canada
Clans And Scottish Societies Of Canada
I honestly have the best job. When I first started out giving talks and doing webinars on Scottish genealogy, I made the realization that so many people of Scots descent had never been to Scotland. Having been born in Scotland, and having traveled back and forth for my entire life, it was beyond my ken to think that others who had roots in Scotland hadn't had the same experience.
And so, Genealogy Tours of Scotland was born. Every year, I get the honour of accompanying groups of genealogy researcher to Scotland where they can immerse themselves in their Scottish ancestry. We stay in Edinburgh for 10 days, in the same hotel, so that the participants get the experience of living in Scotland. They get to acquaint themselves with their new neighbourhood - the sights, the smells, the sounds. This allows the tour participants the opportunity to return to the land of their ancestors, conduct family history research and deepen their sense of belonging to their ancestral kin. And it helps them to discover their own Scottish Heritage in the process.