Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1) Think about your genealogy career – have you taken a “genealogy or family history vacation?”
2) Tell us about one (or more) of them – where did you go, what research did you do, did you meet family members, etc.
I don’t think it is a ‘genealogy vacation’ if you only drive 75 miles and don’t stay overnight? However, it is a genealogy road trip.
When I started my genealogical research, I had to travel about 75 miles to do any sort of research. Those road trips included visits to libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses. Instead of writing about one or many of those trips I’m going to write about the trips that didn’t happen in 2020.
In April 2020, we had a trip planned to the St. Louis Public Library to use the National Genealogical Society Book Loan collection housed there. On the way home, we were going to slightly detour to visit the Daniel Boone Home National Historic Site.
Then, sometime in the summer, a trip to Kentucky was being planned to research my Crawford family. The itinerary had not been established but visits to the Fort Boonesborough State Park, historical societies in Madison, Garrard and Lincoln counties and the Eastern Kentucky University archives were on the to-do list. Other potential destinations included The Filson Historical Society and the SAR Genealogical Research Library in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky.
In the fall, a trip to Akron, Ohio was being discussed. My husband’s Philbrick research would have dictated the destinations for this trip. A slight detour to the Ohio Genealogical Society library would likely have been included. Of course, I could easily have added stops along the way in Danville, Illinois, Warren County, Indiana and Preble County, Ohio.
Thanks to COVID restrictions, all of those trips have been put on hold.
Plans for this summer will likely be closer to home. In the meantime, I just need to learn to dig deeper to find digital resources and re-learn the art of the SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).