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

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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!

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GenTraveling in the UK

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Hello GenTravelers! Question for y’all:  What is the largest group of GenTravelers you’ve been traveling with? Last year I went GenTraveling with my mom, five sisters, two brothers-in-law and my husband (10 of us) and I thought that was a good sized group!  BUT, today’s featured story is about 46 – YES, 46! cousins from the U.S. who traveled back to their ancestral UK home of Northumberland!

In September of 2017, 46 American descendants of the Ogle family went GenTraveling.  All were members of the Ogle/Ogles Family Association of America (OOFA). While they were there, they presented Northumberland College with a wooden plaque that honored the Ogle family and helped restore a historic pond that was originally part of their ancestors’ estate. The pond was renamed Ogle Pond. You can check out their Association’s website which has more information and photos HERE.

Are you a member of a family association? Perhaps you could suggest a massive GenTraveling trip to your ancestral home!

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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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