I was talking to a tourism chief the other day and he wasn’t too sure that ancestral tourism was as important to the local economy of England as I was making it out to be. He couldn’t see how a few people wandering around grave-yards and poking around in the local library could amount to much. How could I convince him? Well, I didn’t bother to try.
All I need to do is to go into the central library in the Forum in Norwich or to pop into the Norfolk record Office to see how many people visit this area simply to learn more about their Norfolk and Suffolk ancestors. It is so common to hear Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and American accents in these places, in fact, perhaps more of those four than Norfolk accents. That’s without the Northern British, the Londoners, the Midlanders, etc. It’s great to sit beside someone at the microfilm readers or on the computers and hear them talk about their ancestors who were from King’s Lynn or Great Yarmouth.
I am one of very few people who offer proper, bespoke, ancestral tourism in England and, if you want to see where your ancestors lived, I can help. I don’t need to convince the “experts”, we know how important it is to visit the homes of our ancestors!