About Family Tree Tours
Family Tree Tours provides vacations like no other. Whether you choose a group heritage tour, private genealogy tour, or independent heritage trip, we provide you the opportunity to learn more about your family roots, to connect with family, and to learn about your ancestors before they made their emigration journey.
With a passion for both genealogy research and travel, owner Kathy Wurth and on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff work closely with you to ensure your ancestry trip is a success.
The two met when Matthias, a member of the Osnabrück Genealogy Society, asked Kathy, a member of the St. Louis Genealogical Society, to help with research in St. Louis. Later, when Kathy contacted Matthias and said she was bringing a travel group to Germany, he offered to show the group around and help them research. Over the years, the relationship progressed, and now Matthias is Family Tree Tour’s most trusted source in Germany.
While Family Tree Tours specializes in heritage tours to German-speaking countries, they are able to design and assist in trips to other European nations. From planning and coordinating heritage trips to European ancestral hometowns, to assisting with research and connecting you with local contacts, Kathy and Matthias are dedicated to helping you find your roots.
Call us at 888-798-2208, or contact us today to plan your next genealogy tour.
About Kathy Wurth
Kathy Wurth founded Family Tree Tours as a result of her love for travel and her 25 years of experience with genealogy research.
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Favorite place: Probably Switzerland. The mountains, the crystal clear Alpine lakes and Swiss chalets, and, of course, the chocolate! My idea of heaven.
Favorite pastime: Reading, researching, and travel! I love exploring the back streets in small medieval villages, be it in Germany, Switzerland, or Italy, and then relaxing the afternoon away at an outside café, enjoying the local wine and people watching.
What I love most about what I do: I love the hunt, the challenge of finding ancestors. I had the experience of visiting some of my ancestral hometowns years ago, and I felt that emotional connection of finally putting a face to all the names and seeing the landscapes my ancestors saw. After I got back, I knew I wanted to share this profound connection with others, and I really enjoy helping people have that same feeling.
About Matthias Uthoff
German native and serious genealogical researcher, Matthias is known to many as Mr. Know-It-All or the Google King. He can usually find something for everyone.
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How I got into genealogy: After the death of my grandmother, my father wanted to know more information on the family, but he couldn’t read old German script, so I learned it in order to help him. It was at that moment when the genealogy bug hit, and I have been researching now for over 10 years.
Favorite German city: Speyer, for its historical old town and its Italian flair. Speyer is in the region what many Germans call the Tuscany of Germany. It is so full of history and the people are so friendly. I love to visit there.
What I love most about what I do: I love to help people and see the expression of excitement on people’s faces when they return from their hometowns. They come back with the look of a child at Christmas time.
About Andreas Schittenhelm
I was born and grew up in Ludwigsburg, twin city of Saint Charles, Missouri, which is about 10 miles away from Stuttgart, Capital of the State of Baden-Württemberg and twin city of St. Louis, Missouri.
How I got into Genealogy: In 1999 when my first son Aaron was born, I started to find out more about my family history. Since my parents and also my grandparents already had passed away at that time, I couldn’t ask them the questions I had, so I started to get some information from friends, relatives and also in local archives, where I found many information about my family, so within months things really grew a lot.
Favorite German city: Ludwigsburg – my hometown. It has the biggest Baroque castle in Germany which is surrounded by a wonderful park(“Blooming Baroque”).
Favorite city in the US: Boston, where I feel home because it has this European touch. I enjoyed walking the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail and dunk into Boston’s history with all the old buildings and sights.
What I love most about what I do: helping people is just a pleasure for me. Searching in the archives to find out about all those interesting stories from the past and sharing them with the families who search for their ancestors is something that I really love. To guide people through their hometowns in Germany and explain our German culture and history a little is a pleasure for me.