GenTraveling to the Ukraine

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If you want to read a great story of an Arizona family finding their Ukrainian relatives -along with details about their stumbling blocks and their successes along the way, check out Dawn Meyers Dixon’s article in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Family Chronicle magazine! The really great thing is how Dawn gentraveled (along with her 80 year old mother) in 2012 to Holovetsk, Ukraine – their ancestral village!

The article mentions one particularly excellent suggestion regarding researching Eastern European families: when posting queries online, try using the Cyrillic alphabet.  Dawn’s Ukrainian relatives were searching for 2 years and had run across a few of her online queries, but apparently they didn’t translate well, so they never followed up on any of them. What great advice. Making it easy for non-English readers to read and understand our queries will increase our chances that those queries will be successful!y replied to.

Dawn had spent decades searching for her Ukrainian family.  What a REAL DEAL THRILL it must have been to finally make those lost connections with her family!

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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!

{photo source: Author Dawn Meyers Dixon’s mother and her only sister who died young. Jan/Feb 2014 Family Chronicle magazine}

 

 

 

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:

Ukraine: (going) The Extra Yad blog has an entire page with over 20 posts about their GenTravels to the Ukraine. Sadly, I haven’t found any of my lines from that area.  Too bad, because after reading those posts, I really wouldn’t mind going there!  Thank you Emily for sharing you GenTraveling adventures!

Poland: Pete Millington who writes the Our Brummie Family Tree blog recently visited Poland and blogs about it.  Although it doesn’t appear to be the Real Deal Thrill of a GenTraveling research trip (it was more of a work-related trip), he shares some interesting tidbits.  Thanks for sharing Pete!

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!