Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Maybe you should take a research trip to your ancestral location. Watch live tonight night at 6pm (Pacific) 8pm (Central)9pm (Eastern) as the panelist discuss tips and tricks to get you ready for your research trip.
Today is June 21st 2018 the official start of the summer, are you planning on going on a research trip? I think there is nothing like going to a repository and finding records or visiting a cemetery and being able to see and touch your ancestor’s headstone or interviewing an older relative. Below are some of my tips to help you prepare for your summer research trip.
- Have a plan (what are you looking for or want to accomplish on your trip?)
- Where do you need to go? (find out where the records are kept and the hours of operation, where the cemeteries are located, and your relatives addresses)
- Bring supplies (some items I suggest you take)
- copies of forms and charts (download free forms via familytreemagazine.com)
- camera (your phone will do the job if you have space ;))
- pens and pencils
- voice recorder
- comfortable footwear
- boots or long pants ( for the cemeteries or visiting unkept areas)
- change/small bills (for meters and or photocopies)
- a laptop or tablet
- hard drive or thumb drive
- bug spray
Do you have anything you would add to this list?
Where are you planning on going this summer?
My grandmother is pictured third from the left, I first saw this picture in October when I went on my research trip to Alabama. While I was visiting I went to my grandmother’s church and attended a Sunday church service. I noticed in the hallway a few pictures and lo and behold I see this one. This picture was probably taken in the the 1960s, I am not sure if this was the choir picture or just some of the female members of the church, either way, I was happy to see it. I just think if I wouldn’t have visited and attended the church service I might have never seen this picture. I encourage everyone to visit your ancestral communities, you never know what you might discover or uncover.
Flashback Friday! Check out my two videos from my research trip to Monroe County, AL
I decided to take a trip south while I had some time and on my way to Alabama I made a stop in Georgia and while I was there I reached out to three of my DNA cousins (discovered via ancestrydna). Garron, DeVan, and Octavia, I was so glad Garron and Octavia agreed to meet with me, DeVan and I actually met two years ago briefly but we stayed in touch. Garron, Octavia and Mia (my DNA cousin who I met in Birmingham) still don’t know our common ancestor(s). Garron and Octavia are on my maternal side while DeVan and Mia are on my paternal side, DeVan’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Mia and I have a couple surname names in common, Moorer and Snow, while Octavia and Garron share Camden, Wilcox County. Of course I would have loved to figured out how I was related to my other three DNA cousins but just meeting them was pretty cool, we bonded over our love for genealogy and getting to know our family. I didn’t have to grow up with them to consider them or call them my cousin.
Garron, DeVan, Octavia and Mia
Are you planning a research trip this summer? Where are some of the places you are going? Have you set goals for your trip? I hope I plan to go down to Alabama and meet some relatives as well as do some research I haven’t created a research plan yet but I think is important to have some sort of a plan so you’re not wasting valuable research time.
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