About gentraveling

I am passionate about family history and I collect stories from other family historians who are climbing their family trees and planning trips to where their ancestors actually lived.

GenTraveling with my camera


Good morning GenTravelers!

I’ll admit, this GenTraveling trip to this particular cemetery wasn’t very far away….just down the street a bit. (Plus, you can tell I took my time in editing it since there’s snow on the ground and now it’s July!)  However, I liked the cloud formation, so I thought I’d add it to the Artistic Genealogist tab.

I sometimes edit photos when I need a break from genealogy. What do you do when you’ve had a bit too much family history work?

GenTraveling and linguistics


Fair warning:  This blog post, as it relates to GenTraveling, is well…a bit of a stretch! :o) But really, if you think about it, language sort of travels, right? Words morph into other words all of the time!

I recently listened to a podcast where a linguist explained how Bob became the nickname for Robert and how Meg became the nickname for Margaret.  So, since these words (names) that are relevant to genealogy do some traveling/morphing, I thought I’d share this podcast with all of you, just because I found it interesting – even though the GenTraveling theme is a bit of a stretch.  You don’t mind do you?

Here’s the link to the podcast…(the name morphing explanations starts at about the 8:55 minute mark).

Lexicon Valley Podcast

After you have a listen, how about you go find all the Robert (Bobs) in your tree and start planning a GenTraveling trip to where they actually lived? :o)


GenTraveling – Friday Finds


Hello! I have some Fabulous Friday Finds to share with you!

All over the internet, there are articles about places where you might want to GenTravel to or some other aspect about GenTraveling! Each Friday I hope to share links to some of those articles. There might be one link, or if my time management skills are stellar that week, and I have time to hunt for more, I’ll link to more than just one. :o)

Here is this week’s:

This GenTraveler visited Williamsburg, Virginia multiple times (who says you should only go to your ancestral stomping grounds only once?)!  On her second trip, she had learned more about her genealogical connections to Williamsburg.  That’s how it goes – more research means even more reasons to return! If you have Virginia roots, you might want to go read about her travels.

Have a great weekend! Best wishes for finding those ancestors.  Are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

GenTraveling – the chance to put things in context!


One of the best things about GenTraveling is the ability to put things in context – that extra bit of information that helps you understand your family history more completely. Before my GenTraveling trip to New York last year, of course I had done my homework.  I had located Margret Lewis’ gravestone on Find-A-Grave. This was the photo that was uploaded to the Find-a-Grave site:


In the same cemetery, there was also a gravestone for a Maggie P. Lewis – (was this the other unnamed daughter that was mentioned in the father’s obituary)??? If I would have relied only on the website details, I would obviously determine that there was not a connection between Margaret and Maggie since it recorded Margret as having died 8 months before Maggie would have been born:


However, after careful study of the uploaded Find-A-Grave photograph, it was determined that there was an error in translation.  The inscription was difficult to read, but after the Welsh word “Bu Farw” (died), the next word clearly starts with “Rha…” then 15, 1876. “Rhagfyr” is Welsh for December, – not February.  Therefore, if Maggie P. Lewis was born in October of 1876, it is possible that her mother could have died in December of 1876. With further research, I concluded that yes, Maggie was the daughter of Margaret Lewis.

This was the photo that was uploaded to the Find-a-Grave site for Maggie:


So I had done my homework before my trip.  I was pretty confident of my conclusions after I had analyzed all the data I could find online. But wowza! The photo that I personally took on my research trip (the photo at the top of this post) certainly put things more in context!  Compare the two photos from Find-a-Grave to the top photo. From the GenTraveling photo, you can see how closely Maggie’s stone is tucked up against Margaret’s.  Look at the size and proportions. Obviously I was even more convinced that my conclusion was correct after my GenTraveling trip!

Can I just say that Find-a-Grave is awesome!  But GenTraveling is even MORE awesome!?! It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

Tim Ferriss recommends GenTraveling!

Check out this video (at about the 3:50 mark) and hear what type of travel Tim Ferriss recommends! Yeah, I bet you can guess based on this blog title eh?!?


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

GenTraveling to battlefields


Hello GenTravelers!

Did you realize that November 11th of this year will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War? Did you have ancestors that fought in WWI?  I know my family members who fought in WWII, but I need to go back and research those that fought in WWI so I can do something special to honor them in November.  What are your plans for  the “11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month” of 2018?

I recently read of a group who were GenTraveling to WWI battlefields (I believe they were going in October) – what a great idea!  There are lists of battles for each war. I’ve listed links to three conflicts below…see if you’d like to GenTravel to any of these battlefields:

Civil War Battles

World War I Military Engagements

List of World War II Battles

If you didn’t have family who fought in WWI, you probably had ancestors who fought in other conflicts.  Sadly, there have been so many wars, that I’m sure everyone probably has a soldier in their family tree somewhere!  I want to make sure Veterans Day this year doesn’t pass unnoticed (like unfortunately it does some years)!  I have a little over 4 months to plan!  Do any of you have any fabulous ideas?

I also wanted to link up this video about how students at Brigham Young University are doing genealogical research to help return MIA soldiers’ remains to their families.  BYU has the only family history bachelor degree program in the country, so the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is working with them to try and find the living relatives. How cool is that!?!


The program has had lots of articles written about it, so here’s links to all of those (HERE).


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!


GenTraveling in Ireland


Hello GenTravelers!

I have a funny little coincidence story to share…

In this photo, Lisa Louise Cook is interviewing, (who I now know to be Donna Moughty) at RootsTech a couple of years ago.  I’m pretty sure I walked past this sound booth when this was happening.  Little did I know they were chatting about GenTraveling! At RootsTech 2017, the “Media Corner” was this clear glass sound booth box right smack in the middle of the Expo Hall. I remember walking by and noticing Lisa. When I later watched this interview on YouTube I, of course, was VERY interested, because they were discussing research trips to Ireland.  Donna takes a group of researchers to Ireland every October.  You can check out more info about that HERE.  Additionally, Donna shares a lot of great information about researching in Ireland on her site (whether you book to go with her or on your own!) If you have Irish family, be sure to visit Donna’s site and start planning a GenTraveling researching trip! It’s the real deal thrill!