GenTraveling – Unique Archives

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Hello GenTravelers!

So, what does Billy Graham have to do with onsite genealogy research? Well everything to do with evangelism christian history. I recently read about an archive I was unfamiliar with: The Billy Graham Center. I read about this resource in the 2003 FGS Forum (Volume 15 Number 2, Summer 2003).  The article by  Wayne D. Weber, Reference Archivist at BGC was very informative.  He explains the unique collections they have – many valuable records that aren’t found anywhere else.

Wayne explains “There are over five hundred collections in the Archives ranging from one thin file folder to over hundreds of boxes…If you have a relative who was involved in a nondenominational ministry such as foreign missions or youth work or evangelism, we could have the records you seek.”

Please go read the full article, if you have ancestors with evangelism backgrounds – especially the “Africa Inland Mission”, the “China Inland Mission”, the “Woman’s Union Missionary Society”, or the “Mission Aviation Fellowship”. And if you’re planning a GenTrip to Illinois, you’ll definitely want to stop by the archives.  Here is their website, so you can plan ahead: Billy Graham Center Archives.

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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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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:

This fun post from quite a few years ago struck my eye. This blogger writes about their GenTravels to Northern Ireland to their “McCool homestead”.  Really?  How COOL would it be to have that surname?!?!!! :o)  Hop on over and take a peek…especially if you have Irish ancestry!

AND…here’s a post at Turning My Earth that has some excellent tips for when you all go GenTraveling!

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 – Canada

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Hello GenTravelers!

Is anyone planning a GenTrip to Canada?  I recently read an article in the November 2013 issue of Family Tree magazine called “Hard Work & Long Days in Canada” by Emily Manktelow.  Although it was somewhat sparse on giving readers family history resources, it did give a general overview of Canadian immigration history – and history of where we’re planning to travel is always a good thing!   After reading the article, I poked around online and found the entire article HERE.

A section of this article also reminded me of the issue of child migration.  I remember hearing about the UK’s official apology back in 2010:

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised for the UK’s role in sending more than 130,000 children to former colonies where many suffered abuse.

He expressed regret for the “misguided” Child Migrant Programme, telling the Commons he was “truly sorry”.

He also announced a £6m fund to reunite families that were torn apart.

The scheme sent poor children for a “better life” to countries like Canada and Australia from the 1920s to 1960s, but many were abused and lied to.” (source)

If you think you may have a child migrant in your ancestry,  you might want to poke around these sites:

British Home Children

Library and Archives Canada – Home Children 1869-1932

Barnardo’s,

Child Migrants Trust,

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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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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 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!

GenTraveling – The land previously know as Prussia

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Hello GenTravelers!

Many of you may have ancestry from the old European region of Prussia.  How is your research going?  Dan Billington wrote an article called “Postcards from Prussia” in the November 2011 Family Tree magazine.  He began his article by telling how, as a child, his aunt told him of her great-grandmother’s journey from old Prussia who apparently brought with her a samovar which is now a family heirloom.  Dan says that “from that day I was hooked on family history”.

The article does a good job of explaining the history  of Prussia and the genealogical challenges of researching migrant families from that area. It lists quite a few resources to check, so if you have Prussian ancestors, be sure read the full article.

Where was Prussia?

In 1832, Prussia covered an area from (what is now) the west of Berlin to north-west, and into the north-east of Poland.”

“Prussia was much fought over between 1870 and 1945….Place names…have often changed”

Dan ends the article by saying “You’ll need perseverance to research your Prussian ancestors but you will gain a wider understanding of the region’s culture and history.” How true that is of whatever location we’re researching! And GenTraveling can give us an even wider understanding!

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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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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!

This GenTraveler took a creative break!

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Hello GenTravelers!

You may have noticed a new tab on my menu…”The Artistic Genealogist“.  I mentioned that sometimes I just need a creative break… away from genealogy!  Well, I recently took a break to set up my 2017 planner.  I now have all the new monthly calendars, to-do lists, and inspiration pages in place.  Yes, I had to put a genealogy to-do list in there too!

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For a fun GenTraveling bucket list, I was inspired by the artistic ‘lists’ below – so I combined the two ideas to make my “Places I want to go GenTraveling” watercolor piece.

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I then added a few places on my GenTravel bucket list:

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What you do when your eyes start to glaze over from too much genealogy? Let me know, ok?

Best wishes for a genealogical research successful 2017!