Isn’t it thrilling to go GenTraveling?!? To visit your ancestral lands? Yes, it is the real deal thrill! But some travelers can be discouraged because their ancestor’s former village is now a fast-pace urban area where is it nearly impossible to imagine what it may have been like when their ancestors lived there.
Thank goodness for museums that help bridge that imagination gap! I recently read of the Rhenisch Open Air Museum in Kommern, Germany which includes four villages that help family historians, and others, get a sense of what life used to be like. Their website (link HERE) mentions they have over 65 historical buildings!
And Kommern isn’t the only city to offer this type of essential GenTraveling experience. Apparently there are many throughout Europe. You might want to read travel expert, Rick Steve’s article, “Time Traveling at Europe’s Open-Air Museums“.
So, I know you all are planning your next GenTraveling trip, right? In addition to court houses, libraries and archives, be sure to see if any museums are in the area and add a visit there to your itinerary!
Best wishes for successful research, and be sure to let me know where you plan to GenTravel next!