GenTraveling – Friday Finds

 

fridayfindsHello! 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! 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 are this week’s:

I recently clicked on someone’s “blogroll” and found Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog. The first post I read, I couldn’t agree with more! It was about digging through courthouses. Go GenTraveling to those courthouses people! :o)

AND!…this wonderful post at The Eternal Traveller has terrific photos of England.  The blogger knew her friend in Australia had traced her roots to England but wasn’t sure her friend would ever get to visit there.  This post is full of photos where the blogger stopped to do a bit of GenTraveling for her friend!  So great!

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!

This GenTraveler took a creative break!

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Hello GenTravelers!

You may have noticed a new tab on my menu…”The Artistic Genealogist“.  I mentioned that sometimes I just need a creative break… away from genealogy!  Well, I recently took a break to set up my 2017 planner.  I now have all the new monthly calendars, to-do lists, and inspiration pages in place.  Yes, I had to put a genealogy to-do list in there too!

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For a fun GenTraveling bucket list, I was inspired by the artistic ‘lists’ below – so I combined the two ideas to make my “Places I want to go GenTraveling” watercolor piece.

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I then added a few places on my GenTravel bucket list:

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What you do when your eyes start to glaze over from too much genealogy? Let me know, ok?

Best wishes for a genealogical research successful 2017!

 

 

 

GenTraveling – from county seats to state and nation capitals

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Hello GenTravelers!

We all realize we don’t have to travel half-way across the globe to GenTravel, right?!?  A quick trip to the county seat of where an ancestor lived could potentially contribute to a successfully research project.  And hey!  Why not take advantage of the records you’ve already helped pay for?

In an article in the Spring 2005 (Vol 17, Number 1) FGS Forum publication, author Curt Witcher explains that the…

“United States federal government is the largest publisher in the world”.

“Government documents at all level[s] can be rich sources of data for those seeking more information about their families and ancestors.”

“the fact that our tax dollars have gone to compile and publish this data should entice many to use these documents”

Curt Witcher went into more detail about the government’s publication of Serial Sets and the value it has to genealogists.  You’ll want to go back and read the article or ask your librarian about gaining access to that series.

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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 – Friday Finds

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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! 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 are this week’s:

GenTraveling to Scotland is probably on a lot of family historian’s bucket lists! Bart Barker was kind and sent me a link to his summer GenTravels.  All the posts about his trip are categorized in Scotland 2016…but my favorite was “Serendipity” — I’m a sucker for genealogical-serendipitous-type stories!

Another great site I visited had lots of travel posts.  If you plan to GenTravel in France and go to the Père LaChaise Cemetery, you’ll find interesting info at CadyLuckLeedy.com.  This blogger also put together a nice video of the cemetery.  Enjoy!

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 – Cemetery Research in Italy

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Hello GenTravelers!

Cemeteries should be on everyone’s ‘To-Visit’ list when GenTraveling.  However, cemeteries in Italy are quite different than what we’re used to in the United States.

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, you’ll want to read “Cemetery Research in Italy” by June C. Delalio CG, in the Jan-Mar 2011 NGS Magazine. June points out the following interesting facts about Italian cemeteries:

“People are not buried forever in Italy. Graves are rented for a period of from ten to fifty years. Payment is made to the town and when the time is up, if there is no one willing to renew the payment for the grave, the bones are taken from the crypt and put in an ossuary, or common grave”

Before the end of the eighteenth century, Italians were simply buried almost anywhere. It was only after Napoleon’s invasion of Italy that cemeteries were built, since Napoleon was worried about another plague and ordered cemeteries to be built outside city limits.

“When the cemeteries were built in the nineteenth century, they generally were a formal design with square blocks and straight streets. There were vaulted galleries on the outside walls with wall plaques sealing in the coffins.”

The articles goes on to explain where to go to find cemetery records, and points out that there typically isn’t very much useful genealogical information on the records. But the great thing is, most of the markers have a photo of the deceased! The author gives further tips you’ll want to know before you go.

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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 Wales

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On my GenTravel bucket list is a research trip to Wales – specifically to the Dolgellau area. So I was extremely excited to learn about a crowd-sourcing project that could potentially guide me to the exact geographical location of where the family I’m researching actually lived.  Now that’s GenTraveling at it’s BEST!!!

” The Cynefin Project   aims to repair and digitise around 1,200 tithe maps and transcribe over 30,000 pages of index documents by March 2017. The aim of this project is to create an online resource which can be freely accessed to research the tithe maps and their indexes in an efficient and innovative way.

Tithes were payments charged on land users. Originally, payments were made using commodities like crops, wool, milk and stock. Tithe maps were produced between 1838 and 1850 to ensure that all tithes were paid with money rather than produce.

These are the most detailed maps of their period and they cover more than 95% of Wales. The  index documents for each map list the payable tithes, the names of the landowners and land occupiers, the land use, and in most cases (75%) the field names.”

Here’s some well-done videos to give you more information about the project.  It’s my intent to volunteer a bit of my time to this project – because I fully intend to reap some of the benefits when I get to go GenTraveling  to Wales!

 

 

 

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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!


[photo source] May 2016 FamilyTree Magazine

GenTraveling – Friday Finds

fridayfinds

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! 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 are this week’s:

I ran across this fun blog post about some GenTravelers visiting Pastena, Italy.  Funny thing is, the blog author is apparently owner of an apartment rental in the area – she was writing about her customers! It is a third-party account of a GenTraveling trip, but the town register found some records for the visitors.  Success!

Here’s another blogger’s writings about travel to Lithuania. Not specifically GenTravel…but lots of great photos of the area. I love the title of her blog too:  Diary of a Historian.  The title drew me in…immediately!

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!