Our trail led to many historical characters, but the character I picked as my favourite grandfather was Prince Madog
the son of Owain Gwynedd, who was probably born in 1134.
We are great travellers of course - and always have been if you subscribe to the highly plausible theory that Prince Madog
discovered America in 1170, long before Columbus, having set sail from Rhos on Sea.
A controversial new book has rubbished claims that a Welsh explorer Prince Madog
discovered America hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus.
Legend has it that it was from Aber-Kerric-Gwynan - now just a creek crossing the golf course - that Prince Madog
ab Owain Gwynedd set sail for America in 1170, a good 322 years before Columbus.
Many ports had their own shipbuilders and it is no coincidence that Prince Madog
, reckoned to have sailed to America and back long before Columbus, was a Welshman.
To reach the North Sea, the Prince Madog
, the university's state-of-the-art research vessel will be taking a two-day "short cut" across Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal.
Regarded as the capital of the genealogical world, it is there that descendants of Prince Madog
, the Welsh prince who is believed to have discovered America 300 years before Columbus, hold their reunions to exchange stories and family histories.
It is said in 1170 Prince Madog
ab Owain Gwynedd and his brother Riryd sailed from Aber-Kerrik-Gwynan on the North Wales coast - now Rhos on Sea - to Mobile Bay, Alabama The Welsh name of Llandrillo yn Rhos came from St Trillo monks, who built an enclosure known as a Llan - Rhos means Marsh, so the name means Llan of St Trillo by the Marsh At low tide you can see the remains of the medieval Rhos Fynach fishing weir
Colwyn Bay's famous offspring include former 007 actor Timothy Dalton, Monty Python star Terry Jones and BBC weathergirl Helen Willetts The landmark Hotel 70 Degrees, later called the Colwyn Bay Hotel and now disused, was only opened in 1972 It is reputed that Prince Madog
set off from Rhos on Sea in 1170 bound for America three centuries before Columbus
Evans, from Waunfawr, went to America in search of native people who had inherited Welsh words from Prince Madog
Over the coming weeks home for the 10 Bangor University ocean science experts will be research vessel and floating laboratory Prince Madog
Evans, born in Waunfawr in 1770, travelled to America in search of proof that Prince Madog
had sailed to the New World long before Columbus.