Thursday, October 28, 2010

Choose Your Own Adventure

When you are planning your roots travel vacation, there are so many places you could go. After all, most people have ancestors from all over the world. So how do you narrow it down?

First, look at your ancestors. Use Google Maps or Family Atlas from Roots Magic to map out where they came from, lived and died.  Then look at where you have large concentrations of ancestors.  Those places are good possibilities for your first roots travel vacation.

Take into consideration the possibility of actually seeing places related to your ancestors. Some destinations might be more modernized than others. It is important to research the area to make sure you are not disappointed when you get there.

Think about what else you might like to see in the area and whether you can incorporate your roots travel into a larger vacation.  If you have ancestors from Ireland, for example, you might want to take an escorted tour to get a feel for the country before heading off on your own. Or you might want to do a fly and drive, driving from place to place, staying in bed and breakfasts, hitting sights interesting to you as well as ancestral sites.

If you have any other genealogists in the family, ask them where you should go. They might have some good ideas to help you narrow down your choices.

Regardless of where you go, roots travel is a rewarding experience with the right planning. Make sure you plan and use these tips to get the most out of your trip.

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