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  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 1 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    One hundred fifty years after my great grandfather, Owain Thomas Hughes, left his family's farm, Ty'n y Mynydd, on the Isle of Angelsey in the north of Wales, my mother, my daughters and I went back to see if it's still there. We've got some old maps, a few postcards and some vague directions about a mountain east of Llangefni. Pictured here, Travel Weekly senior editor Kate Rice, with the view from Mynyndd Bodafan behind her.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 2 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Our base of operations: the colorful village of Beaumaris, sitting on the banks of the Menai Strait.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 3 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    We learn about local gossip and politics while enjoying fish and chips and Speckled Hen ale at the Liverpool Inn, a short walk from the B&B where we're staying.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 4 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Our B&B, Cleifiog B&B, which embodies my fantasy of living in a quaint Welsh village.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 5 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Day one of our search sees us driving down country lanes lined by hedgerows so tight that our car's alarm sensors emit one long warning scream, until we emerge onto hilltops with broad views like this.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 6 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    We learn there is not one Ty'n y Mynydd but many (it means Mountain House). Our challenge: which Ty'n y Mynydd is "ours?"

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 7 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    To find out, we visit the Anglesey County Offices in Llangefni.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 8 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    We scramble down a narrow stairway to the basement, push open the door and find an empty room with a sign that says, in Welsh and English, to "Please Ring the Bell and Wait." So we do.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 9 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    And that is how we meet Katie Lewis, who produces Owain Thomas' birth certificate, his parents' marriage license and an old map with the location of the right Ty'n y Mynydd, near the seaside village Moelfre.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 10 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    With Katie's directions in hand, we head off for Ty'n y Mynydd, stopping in Moelfre for lunch at the Kimmel Arms.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 11 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    The bar man, Anthony Hargreaves, who knows that Ty'n y Mynydd is on an unmarked country road that will be tough to find. He prints out a Google map that gives us more detail about how to get there.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 12 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    The right Ty'n y Mynydd.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 13 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    The front yard is overgrown, but it's clear someone is fixing up the cottage and its outbuildings.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 14 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Owain Thomas' great-great-granddaughters take in the view from Mynyndd Bodafan, the mountain above Ty'n y Mynydd.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 15 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Eliana Hughes Langer surveys the land her great-great-grandfather left.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 16 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Gavriela Rice Langer rests after running with the winds that constantly blow around Mynyndd Bodafan.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 17 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Barbara Hughes Rice hikes the fields of the home her grandfather left.

  • The search for Ty'n y Mynydd - 18 of 18

    The search for Ty'n y Mynydd

    Owain Thomas Hughes shortly after his arrival in America.

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