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German Ancestry Tours

Travel to your German family roots with TGAC

For those who have their family roots in Germany, TGAC offers a new and very individual travel service: We plan, organize and escort a tailor-made trip to Germany for you and your family to the places where your German ancestors came from. In addition to the trip planning service, we also assist you with family history research in Germany. Our bilingual Germany specialist and guide Ute Mehlhorn can find and contact local genealogists, historical clubs, mayors, pastors, archives and even living descendants. These personal contacts make your German ancestry trip unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Of course we combine the visit of your ancestors' places with the beautiful tourist attractions, authentic German food, family-run hotels and restaurants, German handcraft, beautiful countryside and much more - depending on your ideas and wishes...

Testimonials from our clients about the TGAC Travel Service

German Ancestry Tours - Church registers in St. Petri Church Woerlitz German Ancestry Tours - Postal Carriage Woerlitz to Rehsen German Ancestry Tours - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Example 1: The Eschberger - Ihlo German Ancestry Tour:
This wonderful custom trip took 12 members of the Eschberger and Ihlo families from Texas on a very special journey. We saw many beautiful tourist attractions but the centerpiece of the trip was the visit of the region where their German ancestors came from - Woerlitz and Serno in Saxony-Anhalt. We had the privilege to see the original church registers with the baptism records from the late 1700s and the early 1800s, we got a special tour guided by Serno's mayor and we have met living Eschberger descendants... A great and unique custom trip with long lasting memories and much fun...

Travel Impressions: Eschberger-Ihlo German Ancestry Trip

Family Research article in the German Life magazine Dec/Jan 2011 by James M. Beidler about the TGAC German Ancestry Tours. Quote: "...what makes the service special is both the custom trip planning as well as offering assistance in family history research in Germany... Every tour is different and individually tailored to the needs, wishes, and budget of the group..."

Complete German Life article for download (PDF)

German Ancestry Tours - Welcome in Serno with Mayor German Ancestry Tour - Hohenschwangau Castle German Ancestry Tour - Hofbraeuhaus Munich

Response in the local press (newspaper article in German)


Example 2: Kochendorfer-Lenk German Ancestry Tour 2012:

This individual custom trip took a couple from Florida on a wonderful journey to the places of their German ancestors. Together with TGAC, they did some more family history research in Germany with the help of local historians and archive staff. So new interesting pieces of information were added to the family puzzle. Visiting the villages, churches and museums as well as encounters with locals provided an unique insight of the history and character of their ancestors' homes. Another special tailor-made trip to Germany with long lasting memories and much fun...

2012 Travel Impressions: Kochendorfer German Ancestry Trip



Example 3: The Abrahams-Stark trip to Germany 2011:
This was a special custom day excursion for the Abrahams couple to the birthplace of Mr. Abraham's mother. They were on a riverboat cruise on the Main river in Germany and one stop was Wurzburg - only about 25 kilometers away from Uffenheim and Ermetzhofen. We have arranged a visit of the Jewish cemetery when the Abrahams were accompanied by the mayor of Ermetzhofen who also invited them for lunch at a local small country pub. In Uffenheim, the mayor also joined us for a museum visit, where the curator had prepared a display of books and records they have saved over time. For the history the Abrahams were able to photograph all documents, items and gravestones. They say, this was the highlight of the entire trip.

David Abraham's article "On Visiting My Mother's Birth Place" in the February 2012 newsletter of the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (PDF file, pages 6-8)


Example 4: The Rohde family German Ancestry Tour 2011:

For this custom tour for 4 members of the Rohde family we created a special and very exciting combination of a German Ancestry Tour and a German Christmas Market Tour in late November / December 2011! Starting in Frankfurt, we traveled North to the Baltic Sea coast. On the way we stopped at the impressive museum of the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven where you get a realistic impression of the situation of Germans who have left their home country. We have made arrangements to meet pastors, mayors, locals and members of local historical societies and the Rohde family was always very welcome and enjoyed great German hospitality. They got to search in original church books and got a deep insight in the local history of their ancestors' places. On top of this family roots experience we have visited several authentic German Christmas Markets, historic towns, palaces, churches etc. and we have savored tasty local German food specialties, beer, wine...

Travel Impressions: Rohde family German Ancestry Trip



Example 5: The Hearne family German Ancestry Tour 2011:
This custom guided trip took a couple from Vermont to the places of their German family roots! Starting in Berlin, we traveled South to the beautiful Thuringian Forest. There they learned - among others - that a grandfather was an apprentice of one of the most famous German automobile engineer of the time in the early 1900s before he emigrated to America! We have again made arrangements to meet pastors, mayors, locals and members of local historical societies who all were happy to share their knowledge and who helped finding more information. The most surprising part of this tour was that we were able to find - and meet - actual living relatives on several sides of the family. These are priceless new connections which will outlast the trip and which will eventually lead to another trip to Germany with a whole new character. As always we added sightseeing to the tour program and we enjoyed authentic local German food, beer, wine...

Travel Impressions: Hearne family German Ancestry Trip


Example 6: The Niemann family German Ancestry Tour 2012:
This custom guided tour the Niemann couple took us to Northern Germany - Westfalen! Starting in Frankfurt, we traveled first to "must see places" such as Heidelberg, Munich, Neuschwanstein castle and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. But again - the highlight of the trip was the long weekend in the ancestors' home town Isenstedt. There we had arranged a wonderful family reunion and a special day with the local Historical Society - two of the members even showed up in traditional costums and spoke Low German...

Travel Impressions: Niemann family German Ancestry Trip

Article in the local newspapers Westfalen-Blatt

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