A Family History Holiday is a great excuse, a reason, a catalyst to get together. In these busy times, family life and family time becomes fragmented - so the time you spend together should be special.
On a Family History Holiday, we’ll help you find some answers, confirm the rumours, discover more about your story, and create new memories together.
Was your ancestor an aristocrat or an artisan? Perhaps you're from convict stock? Or maybe you descended from a panhandler, a policeman or a publican? No matter where in the world you're from, we can discover more about the people you want to look up and the places you want to visit. We get you connected to the right family history research tools and access the right resources before you go.
Discovering more about your family can take you to many surprising places and a Family History Holiday can take several forms. From a Sydney day trip exploring your convict past, to a weekend getaway in the old goldfields in Victoria, or a week with winemakers who settled in the Barossa Valley, there are great discoveries to be made. Further afield, we can help you uncover more about your ancestors in Scotland, Ireland and the UK, as well as Europe, India, China, and Asia. We have a couple of suggested itineraries to show you exactly how a Family History Holiday works, but this list is just the tip of the iceberg!
Pack your bags and we'll tick the boxes to make sure you're organised and make the most of your Family History Holiday!
Family History Holidays offers different trip types (DIY, Classic and Concierge) depending on your expertise in genealogy and the time and knowledge you have in making travel arrangements. There’s an option to suit every traveller and type of family. Along with your airfares, car and accommodation, we can make appointments to meet local experts who know all about your ancestors and the times in which they lived. Pack your bags and we’ll tick the boxes to make sure you’re organised and make the most of your Family History Holiday!
We have a rich mix of people with wonderfully varied heritage here in Australia, and we know the number of trips our customers plan and book will cover destinations far and wide. That said, we all need to start somewhere, so to get you thinking, we have selected a series of well-known historical places so you can understand why, who, where, what, and how a Family History Holiday works. This list is just the beginning!
"We know our stuff. Thanks, we can take it from here"
Family History Holidays can point you in the right direction so you can discover more before you go, easily book your trip, make the most of your time, and record your story
"We know where we want to go and why - can you help us book things and get going?"
Family History Holidays will help you fine tune your plans. We can help you dig deeper. We’ll make introductions to our genealogical network, and connect you to local experts in advance so you make the most of your time whilst you’re away.
"We’re keen! But this could get complicated. We’d appreciate some assistance at every stage"
We’ll do it all. Family History Holidays will get you where you want to go, and have local genealogists and guides booked to support you at every stage. We
take all the worries out of the trip leaving you to enjoy the time travelling with your family and loved ones.
For more information on the Types of Trips, click here.
Family History Holidays will make it easy to record all the things you discover on your trip. We’ll curate your content and create a modern record of those special memories to revisit and share when you get home. We can create a chronicle for you, integrating all the documents and letters, videos and photos you find into a Digital Documentary, in the format of your choice. You’ll be able to record your story and the fun you had, in a format that can be shared and added to when you take your next Family History Holiday.
With over 20 years’ experience in travel and tourism, founder Kate Shilling decided to make the leap and launch Family History Holidays in early 2017. Kate gets what makes the travel industry tick, and combines her wide network of contacts, her interest in genealogy and love of a good story to create an online platform that makes family history fun.
We take an active and innovative approach to family history. We integrate genealogy resources into the travel planning process to create a family holiday with a difference! Use the Family History Holidays platform as an online home to research, make bookings and appointments, and record discoveries made on the road. We make it easy to connect the dots, imagine what it was like and create a record to remember.
Book a Family History Holiday and you’ll have fun and feel inspired as you find out more together.