GenTraveling and oh, the funny things kids say


Happy Tuesday GenTravelers!

My last post was in honor of the new Netflix movie Guernsey, and although I’m a couple of weeks late, today’s post is in honor of the release of Christopher Robin (Disney’s new movie that was released on August 3rd). Why? Because I’m related to Winnie the Pooh, haha! Let me explain…

Last summer, my mother, my sisters and a few brothers-in-law went GenTraveling to England. Toward the end of our trip we stayed at Ashdown Park Hotel (photo above). We couldn’t go GenTraveling to Kent county, England to research our Ashdown ancestors without staying at such an establishment, right?  The hotel is close to Ashdown Forest and it is known that Ashdown Forest was A.A. Milne’s inspiration for his Winnie the Pooh books.

This Wikipedia article has an entire section about the Milnes, Ashdown Forest and Winnie the Pooh. Here’s just a bit of it:

“Christopher, who was an only child born in 1920 and whose closest childhood relationship was with his nanny, spent his early years happily exploring the forest. It is the Ashdown Forest landscape, and Christopher’s reports of his experiences and discoveries there, that provided inspiration and material for A.A. Milne’s stories. As Christopher Milne wrote later: “Anyone who has read the stories knows the forest and doesn’t need me to describe it. Pooh’s Forest and Ashdown Forest are identical”

So, here’s my funny story of how I’m related to Winnie the Pooh: My sister’s young daughter who was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade at the time, must have overheard us talking about our Ashdown family lines, and the conversation must have strayed to Ashdown Forest and Winnie the Pooh. Soon after this conversation, her daughter was at school and excitedly shared with her teacher and class mates that she was related to Winnie the Pooh!  (And if my sister’s daughter/my niece is related to him, I must be too! Right? haha!)

Oh, the funny things kids say!

Are any of you related to any fictional characters? :o)


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!

GenTraveling – Archives in the UK


Hello GenTravelers!

Wherever your GenTravels might take you – do yourself a favor and plan a visit to the closest archive in the area!

I recently read an article by Chris Paton in the UK’s FamilyTree Magazine (the August 2016 issues) titled “Why visit an archive” which pointed out the obvious – but sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious! Right?

If you’re traveling to the UK for research, be sure to read the full article.  Here are a few highlights that I appreciated:

“Every record collection that is hosted by an online genealogy site is source from an archive repository somewhere, but the vast holdings….are a mere drop in the ocean compared to what exists in the wider world.”

(That quote really reminded me of our ‘What is Iceberg Genealogy blog post!)

Author, Chris Paton gives especially good details on the three national repositories in the UK and mentions all of them have excellent online catalogs. So, be sure to do your homework!


Make sure you know opening hours and what you need to bring with you to gain access to records you want to look at. Chris writes, “there are different bank holidays in operation across Britain and Northern Ireland” and “in Scotland…there are fair days across the country that may see an archive in Glasgow closed on one day but its equivalent still open in Edinburgh!”

“Finally, bear in mind that the most useful asset in any archive is its archivist…To be blunt, archivists are gods for genealogists.”


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 – Sheffield, England


Hello GenTravelers!

For any of you with ancestors from the Sheffield, England area, I’d say you’re lucky to have such an excellent resource in The Sheffield and District Family History Society.  Their website {LINK HERE} is top-notch. It has publications of their projects to purchase and even has online searchable indexes.

In the Autumn 2016 issue of ‘The Flowing Stream‘ (Sheffield and District Family History Society’s journal), Dave Capewell, a S&DFHS society member, wrote about the devastating results of Zeppelin raids in ‘The Great War’ – over 100 years ago. The article details a particular raid upon Sheffield and lists the full death toll.  If you have any of the surnames listed below from that area, you’ll want to read the entire article.  If you find yourself GenTraveling to Sheffield, be sure to visit the memorial (although according to Capewell’s article, this memorial is not in the most prominent of locations!) The memorial inscriptions reads:












Surnames of the 26 September 1916 zeppelin raid death toll:

Shakespeare, Tyler, Brewington, Hames, Southerington, Rhodes, Harrison, Newton, Wilson, Bellamy, Coogan, Taylor, Stratford, Guest.


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!