Reverse GenTraveling Research (by using the B.U.G. Club!)

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Hello GenTravelers!

As genealogy researchers, we all know we should consistently research the F.A.N. Club, right? But who knows about the B.U.G. Club?  (Sorry!…probably no one, because I just barely organized that club myself, haha!) It stands for Bridesmaids, Ushers, and Guests.  If you’re lucky enough to have ancestors that had their wedding celebrations detailed in the newspapers of the day, you’ll most likely have access to the names of at least some bridesmaids and best men – and sometimes ushers, guests etc.  AND what is reverse GenTraveling?  Well, quite often the articles would mention the names of people who traveled to the wedding celebration from out of town.  So, you can do some reverse GenTraveling research by tracing the B.U.G. Club!

Go ahead and invite your genealogy friends to join June’s B.U.G. Club. (Those social media icons at the bottom are there for your convenience!) Maybe the B.U.G. Club will be a trending methodology before June 2018 comes to a close – or, of course, it could hit the FAN! Haha!

 

How many of your ancestors got hitched in this traditional ‘wedding month’? Thanks to Generations of Nomads for inspiring this post when she mentioned how she went down the rabbit hole of researching wedding guests, ushers and bridesmaids!

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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 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 family historian began researching his mother’s family tree, and found that her (and his!) lineage goes directly to the foundation of Hungary in 896 AD! So, of course, he had to go GenTraveling there! Go read all about it at Barry’s Adventures Following Retirement

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!

AND, feel free to send me links of GenTraveling articles I should go check out!

Preparing to go GenTraveling with ‘A Vision of Britain Through Time’

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Hello GenTravelers!

How many of you dear readers are researching British ancestors? I recently learned about a website that I will be utilizing a lot before my next GenTraveling trip to the UK.  We went to England last year, so it might be a while…

But, the website is ‘A Vision of Britain Through Time‘.  You type in their search box a town or a village, a big city, or county – try just about anything you like! Up pops a map and an abundance of resources, statistics, and interesting data to help you plan a GenTraveling trip there.

Additionally, who likes to read historical accounts of travelers for locations you’d like to travel? The Vision of Britain website also has excerpts of 17th and 18th century British travel writing. I clicked on the ‘Travel Writing’ tab and searched the surname of my British family and found mention of that surname in the 1823 travel journal of a William Cobette, and in two other traveler journals (the surname I’m researching is also a name of a forest). I’m now going to go through my tree and search for any and all birthplaces, death places and surnames of all my British people at this site.  I’m going to be there all day! Let me know if you check this site out and what fabulous things you find there!

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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 – From Shoeburyness to Sydney, Australia

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Hello GenTravelers!

You all have your GenTraveling bucket lists, right? But do you have a GenTraveling minor-curiosity-small-pail list?  Today, I decided I’d start one of my own!  It’s not going to be a big bucket list. It’s a list of small research curiosities that I want to follow up on – just in case I find myself in a certain location where I could easily and conveniently do so.

I recently read “From Shoeburyness to Syndey, Australia” in the Essex Family Historian, No. 161, Issue 1 of 2017.  The editor wrote of how, while searching for her husband’s relatives in a cemetery in Shoeburyness, she came across a gravestone that read:

“Also of JOHN WILLIAM OUTTEN, PN, Who was drowned in Sydney Harbour, 5th January 1909 aged 22 years. Not lost but gone before.”

The author wrote about how she became intrigued as to why John came to drown in Sydney Harbour and went about researching the incident. (You can learn more about the tragic event HERE).  It didn’t sound like the author planned a huge GenTraveling trip to Sydney, just to learn more about this intriguing event, but she and her husband did happen to travel to Sydney in their retirement years to visit friends and relatives.  Since they were there, they decided to visit Rookwood Cemetery, where the drowning victims were buried. I’m sure it was a nice finale to the research she did which stemmed only from a minor curious inscription on a gravestone. So, what do you say?  Do you want to start your own ‘minor-curiosity-small-pail’ research list now?  Let me know what will be on it!

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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

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 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:

GenTraveling can mean traveling to the next county to visit a cemetery or court house.  It doesn’t always mean traveling to foreign countries and far-off ancestral villages. Today’s featured story documents a family historian’s visit to Kreisarchiv Bitburg-Prüm in Bitburg, Germany with her genealogy society.  How fun!…to go GenTraveling with loads of like-minded friends and learn from knowledgeable archivist! Go visit Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s blog HERE and then perhaps spearhead a trip with your society friends!

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 to Chicago cemeteries

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Good day GenTravelers!

A genealogy research trip almost always includes a visit to area cemeteries. After all, sometimes a gravestone is all that remains of our ancestors – that is if we’re lucky! I recently read “How to Find Dead People in Chicago” by Kellie Jensen in the Sept/Oct 2013 Family Chronicle magazine. Since we all participate in this GenTraveling activity at some point, I thought I’d share her tips with you today. Some are pretty common sense stuff, but reminders can be helpful, right?!

  • Research before your trip – make a list of cemeteries with addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation and driving directions and who was buried there.
  • Once there, take pictures, not only of gravestones, but of location finding aids in case you go back at some point.
  • Try to get the burial record from the cemetery office.  If you can, you can learn about other people who were buried with your family members.  You may or may not already have those people listed in your family tree.

Author Kellie Jensen described how she learned about a previously unknown relative buried with your family members.  She came home and researched this name.  After two years, she finally found that this unknown person was actually her great grandfather’s sister.  Further research led to information that provided the birthplace in Ireland of her great grandfather. We all know to research friends, family, acquaintances and neighbors – just remember to research “neighboring” names in cemeteries too.  Additionally, Kellie wrote of how a cemetery caretaker had said that, “in some cemeteries, people in the 1800s to mid-1900s were usually (but not always) buried with their family of origin, even if they were married”.  Keep that in mind while searching for you family member’s headstones.

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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

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 is this week’s:

This blogger at Ancestral Footprints says “If you ever have the opportunity to locate where your ancestor lived or is buried, it is well worth the trek to catch a glimpse of history and lay footprints across the same land.” Among other things, Erin and her sister Emily’s GenTraveling adventure tried to piece together a murder mystery! Fun read!

 

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!