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Boutique Tours in North Wales

I will be spending two weeks in North Wales late in May. It is my second trip over and have relatives that I will stay with part time as well as B and Bs. I’m wondering if anyone has booked with Boutique Tours ( or another company) that offer an ancestral tour day. I do have knowledge of both my grandmother and grandfather’s sides if my family. On my grandfather’s side we could not find our great great grandparents graves in a Tremerchion church cemetery ( names eroded) . Also we ( my 2nd cousins) and I know the name of our ancestral farm, Hendra Isa at Llanelidan but can’t find it. Stating all this as wondering if the ancestral tours would br helpful I’ve read they can be. Any information will be most welcome.

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Try "Find a Grave" online. If you have Name and Birth and Death Date; they may have the GPS of the grave you are looking for. I use "Ancestry" for tree and you can link your people to Find a Grave. You have to have someone doing voluntary work in that Cemetery for this to work. Try the local genealogy society, city hall or church parish records for info. They may charge a fee or suggested donation. If there is a College nearby you may find a student guide. If you do find your relatives...you can put them on Find a Grave yourself. Don't know about Boutique Tours...just interview them before you book them.

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Thanks so much Kathleen, I will follow up on the information you orivided.. Jennifer, I am so very pleased that you found this about Hendre Isaf!!!! Thank you so very much.
Lorraine

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I can't help with information about Boutique tours but I suggest making sure that who ever you use speaks welsh, if you don't . My mum's family are from the Snowdon area and we got as far back as the 1780s. We were only able to do this because her cousin is a Welsh speaker. Trying to do it without the language is really hard. It isn't helped by the fact that they only seem to have 4 surnames between them.. Jones, Thomas, Evans, Griffith!
I did find Google translate useful for rough translations to work out if I was on the right track.

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Just for added info Hendre (pasture) and Isaf (lower) are commonly used words in Welsh place names. You might also come across Pont - bridge, uchaf - upper, coed - wood, maes - field, du - black, pen - head or hill, llan - valley, aber - mouth, gelli - copse, bach - small, mawr - large. Then just to complicate things you get the letters sometimes changing depending on what letter they are placed next to, so it can become fach and fawr instead of bach and mawr.

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For further added info “isa” is still possible rather than “Isaf”
My cousins lived in Mynydd Isa, near Mold.
The isa has the same meaning as isaf, lower.

Welsh is a beautiful language to speak or listen to but it’s a bit of a nightmare when it is written down

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I thought Mynydd was mountain?
It was definitely hilly enough to have some very good sledging when I was a kid.