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 – Archives in the UK

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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!

“BE PREPARED BEFORE YOU VISIT!”

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.”

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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 – Scotland

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Hello GenTravelers!

Earlier this year in February, at the RootsTech conference, I attended a lecture by Tom Jones.  Although I remember the lecture being alright, what I remember more is the Q&A session afterward.  A lady raised her hand and explained that she had somewhat of a brick-wall.  She explain what research she had done to find her Scottish ancestors and asked Tom Jones what she should do next.  He said:

TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND! No, No, first, go and pick the brains of the research librarians on Floor B1 at the Family History Library, and THEN TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND!”

I, of course, thought it was good advice. :o)  So, on that Scottish theme…I would like to highlight a semi-new family history society in Scotland. In 2009 The Moray & Nairn Family History Society was established.  If any of you GenTravelers are planning a trip to northeastern Scotland, you may want to look into their resources and plan to visit.

In the September 2016 issue of The Scottish Genealogist [1], Stuart Farrell wrote an article about the Parish of Elgin Poor Registers 1845-1891. The article highlighted the vast amount of genealogical information that these records contain:

“They note in detail the change in circumstances of the person named, who had to have been born in Elgin or whose father or husband was,  and sometimes their family’s circumstances…Over 970 individuals are listed…”

Apparently, these Elgin Poor Registers are only one of many resources The Moray & Nairn Family History Society has to offer.  Here is their Library Catalog. Start planning that trip to Scotland!

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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!

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[1] The Scottish Genealogist, is a Quarterly Journal of the Scottish Genealogy Society. The September 2016 issue is Vol. LXlll No. 3.