Ancestry Travel: Finding Meaning in Your Journeys
Now that the New Year is here it's time to start planning a new year's experience, and there is nothing better than the adventure of travel. Why do we travel? There are, of course, the usual reasons, to unwind from the stress and responsibilities of work, to experience adventure, or even to satiate curiosity about far away places. However, the latest trend in travel goes far beyond taking a short break from our own little world, and instead seeks to strengthen our roots within it.
Ancestry Travel is traveling to the villages, cities, and countries our ancestors came from. It is becoming more and more common among us migratory, New World-seeking Americans, especially in light of the booming popularity of genealogy as a hobby. We discovered a recent article in the New York Times that we found inspiring, and provides specific, doable tips on how create our own Ancestry Travel.
First, find ways to dig up info on our ancestry. Searching websites like FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com can help reveal stories of your family you may have never known, or to explore your lineage farther than you have ever been able to reach yourself. Maybe you already know family tree and have family that lives across the USA or abroad. Contact distant relatives by writing letters, or connect through Facebook to make introductions. You can also begin to plan your trip by making requests ahead of time so you can meet up with family members. Don't have the time to do the leg yourself? Then, allow sites such as Hagersjourney.com to search your ancestry and create a trip for you based on their findings. How easy is that?
Another organization, The Association of Professional Genealogists (Apgen.org) is a great resource that offers a wide range of help of from researchers to translators that can support your lineage research, as well as provide professionals and specialist that can guide you on your travels.
Whether you can meet up with family or not, making the trip is what it is all about. Learning your history, and living the lives of your ancestors if only for a few days is an experience to be had. Journeys can be much more than escapes, but a way to become more aware of ourselves, the world, and our place within it!
Inspired from New York Times article "Traveling to Find Your Roots" by Caren Osten Gerszberg