|Partial view of list
on my phone.
I didn’t do that, but I did make a list of questions I wanted answers to and the places I wanted to visit. I used the NOTES app on my phone for that so it would handy even if I was offline.
People shared tips on the best ways to travel around the city, good places to eat,, as well as doing some research on their own which they sent to me! One person even sent me a picture of a lamp she owned that originally been sold in my great-grandfather’s shop in Indonesia in the late 1890s!!
|My sister Jeanne and me at the gravesite of our
great-grandfather Herman Spiegel.
Photo by Barbara Kintaert.
Tip #4: Immerse yourself in the area. Go to museums, walk the streets of your ancestors, eat where “the locals” eat. You’ll get a better feel and greater understanding of your ancestors’ lives through those experiences.
|At each port visit, we were given a map of the area.|
|I used the reverse side of each map to take notes
on the info shared by our program guides.
If I ran out of room I continued on the NOTES app of my phone.
During each tour our program guide shared so much valuable information about the places we were visiting. Develop a system of recording information that works for you. I used a combination of Facebook, Evernote, the Notes app on my phone, and good old paper and pen to record all I was hearing. It’s tough to absorb all that information! If I take another trip like this again, I really think one of those “pens” that are actually recording devices would be really helpful!
Jotting down what you did each day helps. Our trip was 20 days long. It would have been nearly impossible to sort all that out later if I hadn’t taken a few minutes each day to write down what we did. Today’s phones make things so much easier – pictures are automatically dated and often labeled by location (if you have that enabled) so It’s quite easy later to match up your daily narratives with the pictures.
|These coffe table books are wonderful mementos of our trips!!|
Taking a trip? Here are some resources you might want to review:
- Dick Eastman (https://blog.eogn.com) suggests reading the Research Guides that are available free of charge from . “These can provide an amazing amount of information about where records may be found. Research Guides for the United States and much more may be found at while guides to other countries and about other subjects may be found by going to and searching for the topic(s) of interest. Also, check the World GenWeb () for each country and US GenWeb () for each state or county where you plan to do research.”
- “Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel” (magazine) “Preparing for a Genealogy Trip”, Christine Woodcock. The magazine is available at:
- “Family History Trippin!” – A free webinar hosted by Thomas MacEntee for FlipPal:
- “MOCAVO SUMMER GENEALOGY RESEARCH GUIDE”:
- “A Genealogist’s Packing List” -Thomas MacEntee: content/uploads/2017/11/A-Genealogist-Packing-List.pdf
Also, the newly formed Virtual Ge
nealogical Association hosted a webinar by Christine Woodcock. There were several great handouts included. The video will be available through December. It’s for members only, but membership only costs $20 and there are new webinars available each month. Not a bad deal, in my opinion!!