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    1. Re: [GEN-TRAVEL-EUROPE] visiting the land where family lived --
    2. Amy Gray
    3. Hi Bill, Thank you for writing back. Can I ask for details -- where did your ancestors create history? (I was at the Culloden battlefield in late November -- it was compelling to imagine -- and a very vivid vistor's center video brought it to life! How far back were you researching and how much did you learn by traveling to these locations? I am very interested in details about how people read landscapes for clues about their family history. When I visited Biggar and Edinburgh and Sterling, those places did not resonate with me as much as the small township of Gartly in Aberdeenshire, because it was so small and must not have changed much since my grandfather left 150 years ago. I don't know localities as well for my Irish ancestors, since so many of those records have been lost. Snow kept us from small towns in England where my grandparents married in 1838, so we'll have to return. Please feel free to share my email addresses with anyone you know who has traveled for genealogical research! Amy On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Bill Webb <[email protected]> wrote: > Hi Amy: > > Great idea... I am sure there is something to your thesis that can be > developed further. Reading about location is one thing but to stand in the > same town, street, place where your ancestors created history is a powerful > experience. > > We have tried to physically trace our grandparents route from Scotland to > USA through Canada with good success. Scotland is great, everything is made > of stone so much of it is still there intact to see after 100's of years. > We > found that the geography/land forced decisions to leave the agricultural > lifestyle and move into the cities (Boston) or leave your home land for USA > (Ellis Island). > > Years later, our dau decided to attend university in Scotland instead of > the > USA, so she could be closer to her heritage. We have > Joined a DNA Ancestry group that links relatives thru DNA matches and that > is very interesting since the matches cover a great geography than what was > passed down thru family stories. > > Good Luck with your studies, would like to see the final > results..........Bill Webb > > -----Original Message----- > From: [email protected] > [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Amy Gray > Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 5:42 PM > To: [email protected] > Subject: [GEN-TRAVEL-EUROPE] visiting the land where family lived -- > > Hello everyone, > > > I am interested in hearing from individuals who have traveled to the places > where grandparents and ancestors lived - places you did not know your > family > lived before you began your research. > > > Even though I knew no family stories about these places, I have sometimes > felt a connection (and sometimes did not) and I always felt that seeing the > land gave me better understanding of my ancestors and how they lived, from > the contours to landmarks to type of agriculture in the area..such as > seeing > a 154-year-old pub in Aberdeen, Scotland just two blocks from where my > grandfather lived when he died 110 years ago - it was exciting! > > > In Besch, Germany, the bartender in a pub examined the surnames in my > family > tree and looked through a phone book, called a distant cousin who came to > meet me! She held the a family postcard I had from the 1920s and matched it > to a row of houses across the street to present day ones rebuilt after WWII > bombs destroyed the town. > > > A few months ago, I found a tower house near Wigtown, Scotland from a > family > clan and could not believe I was looking at a structure where my family had > lived 700 years ago! I would love to hear similar stories, discoveries > made. > Just walking the streets of Metz, France, where my great-grandfather spent > his childhood -- gave me a sense of his life; he died six years before I > was > born and was not a talkative man, so my family can't tell me much about his > childhood. And seeing family names on mailboxes and businesses in Leuzigen, > Switzerland, where my great-great grandparents lived in the 1860s before > coming to the US -- that was a real thrill! > > > I am a doctoral student in Geography at Indiana University and am thinking > about writing a paper on genealogical connections to landscapes. I would > love to hear any experiences and oberrvations you are willing to share. > Thank you very much in advance! > > > Amy Miller Gray > > [email protected] > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > [email protected] with the word 'unsubscribe' without > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message > > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > [email protected] with the word 'unsubscribe' without > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message >

    02/07/2011 09:51:20
    1. Re: [GEN-TRAVEL-EUROPE] visiting the land where family lived --
    2. Mona
    3. Hi Amy, When I graduated from college, one of my goals was to visit Germany and the villages of my ancestors. Forty years later (2002) I was finally able to make the trip. And by then, I had identified the home village of each of my immigrant ancestors -- and the last one was just a year before we made the trip! It was the churches that provided the "touch points" for me. Except for one house (the one my grandfather grew up in), the churches were the only buildings that knew had been part of my ancestor's lives. One in particular had some old pews in the balcony. It was there that I realized that I might be sitting on the very seat that my g-grandfather had sat. The baptismal fonts, too, were connections points for me. For my hubby, the tapestry on the floor of a church was dated early enough to have been in place long before his ancestors left that town. Wheat fields and pastures on the plains in present-day Poland seemed much like grain fields in Illinois and Nebraska where my great-grandfathers farmed, and I could imagine their sense of familiarity with the land in the US when they reached the plains. The memories of visiting there remain a treasure for me. -- Mona Houser [email protected] Our Family -- Nahausen Families – My Database – Buffalo County NEGenWeb

    02/07/2011 05:06:49