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How to Use Genealogy to Guide Your Travels


Summer is fast approaching. Schools will be closed and children will be looking for activities to fill their days. Planning a vacation for summer vacation can provide plenty of opportunities for a day of adventure or even time for a road trip across the country. Depending on budget and time, planning a “genealogy vacation” can help build relationships and better understand family heritage.

Family trees have many branches, but we usually focus on a few ancestors with whom we identify or whose lives interest us the most. You may be looking for more information about a person’s region of birth, residence, or burial place. All these reasons are enough to plan a road trip!

These questions should be considered when considering a genealogy trip: What information do you hope to add to your research? Do you want to visit distant relatives, discover the homeland or the way of life of your ancestor?

By identifying your goals, you can plan a memorable trip that will expand your family history knowledge.

Start by identifying the ancestor or family line you want to explore. Where will the adventure take you? It could be a family cemetery, the colonial Americas or overseas to “The Homeland”.

Once you’ve decided on a destination, the next step to consider is how to get there.

There are many travel agencies that focus on heritage travel. You can contact a travel agent or do a simple internet search to help narrow down some independent travel choices. Secure your passport and, if traveling internationally, check Covid travel regulations. Whether you travel by plane, train or car, the adventure that awaits you will be thrilling!

I am currently planning a trip to England. My husband and I saved up to venture across the pond by plane to London.

We plan to explore the Cotswolds by car which will give us a better understanding of how the ancestors may have spent their days and lived their lives. After spending some time in England we are looking to make reservations on the train to Scotland. Buying tickets early usually guarantees a cheaper price. Think ahead, be flexible with dates, then create an agenda to plan your trip.

Scotland being the origin of my maiden name, Calhoun (Colquhoun), I researched the area where the Colquhouns lived and fought along Loch Lomond.

I found out that the Colquhoun family still owned land in the area as well as a Bed and Breakfast. I quickly emailed the Bed and Breakfast to check out the property and find out more about the accommodations. The response I received confirmed my discovery!

The very idea of ​​walking on the same lands where my ancestors lived as early as the 15th century is exciting to me. This place will be a must visit before heading home.

So start now, identify your area of ​​passion, then set off on a fun journey to meet your ancestors!