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


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!


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


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!





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