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    1. [GEN-TRAVEL-EUROPE] visiting the land where family lived --
    2. Amy Gray
    3. 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]

    02/06/2011 10:41:49
    1. Re: [GEN-TRAVEL-EUROPE] visiting the land where family lived --
    2. Bill Webb
    3. 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

    02/07/2011 02:52:44