Dream Genealogy Trip

Randy Seaver's blog Genea-Musings had a post I just couldn't resist today: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - your dream research trip.

"Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Think hard about the genealogy research trip that you would take if money were no object. Where would you go, how long would you stay, what research would you do? What is your "dream research trip?"

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook."

So here's mine.

My big three places to visit would probably be Ireland, Wales and Denmark. Those three seem to be my consistent favorites these past few years. I have names of cities and towns in most cases for those areas, so I'd love to visit all three. And I might even jog over to Germany, then up to Norway. On a boat, perhaps.

But really, I'd love to go to all the places I know of on my family tree.

So here's my real dream trip:

I'd Start in Vancouver BC, most likely, as that is where my most recent link outside Seattle is. Once I'd exhausted the leads (and visits) in Vancouver, I'd probably travel across Canada, just because I've never done it before, then stop in Cleveland, where my grandmother was born and then Chicago where my grandfather's parents lived, and see what I can find there. Particularly, I'd want to see if any of the houses my grandmother's father built are still standing.

From there I'd travel on to New York. Maybe stop at Ellis Island (and also Ground Zero, just to see the buildings going up), then hop a plane for Europe.

My first stop would definitely be Denmark, as I have several friends there that I talk to regularly who I'd want to visit. And hopefully one or more would be able to help in getting in touch with some of the Danish family I have there. Maybe even manage a trip to the places both of my great-grandparents were born.

Once I'd hit the continent (my great-grandmother was born on the island Copenhagen is located on, but my great-grandfather was born on the peninsula that juts off the continent), I'd head down to Germany, stopping in Frankfurt, where both my father and grandfather were born, then heading up to see what's left of Bardoweick, then making my way to the coast to find a boat to take me up to Norway. Not entirely certain of the places I might visit there, but at the moment, I'd definitely want to visit the Lofoten Islands, as most of the Bordewicks after Germany were born and raised there until they moved to Canada.

From there, I'd take the boat (or another) down to Scotland, just because I've always wanted to see it, then stop over in Northern Ireland, where apparently my Irish blood comes from. Maybe another stop in Dublin, then down to the Northern coast of Wales, and a slow drive down the country, through a few towns I have located there, until I get to Merthur Tydful, where my great-grandfather was born.

After that, I'd have covered about 90% of my genealogy, so I'd probably stop in Cardiff, just because, then head over to London for a day or two, then back home.

And that would be my dream genealogy trip.


Miss Foodie2shoes July 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

I think that sounds like a wonderful trip! Truly a trip of a lifetime!

Elf Flame July 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

Wouldn't it be? I'd really love to see some of those places. And I'd love to revisit Merthur Tydfull and Frankfurt, since I was only there once, and that when I was 11... :P

Anonymous July 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

Sounds like an absolutely awesome trip! You know we'd help you out with finding and going to people and places here.

Elf Flame July 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

Yep. I'd definitely have to stay at least a day in Copenhagen, too. :D

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This blog is maintained by two sisters who have had a life long interest in geneology.
Mika writes here mostly about our family (Hansen, Hillinger, Bordewick, Park, etc), and her search for more information.
Shannon mostly uses this space as a place to make the many stories written about and by her husband's family (Holly, Walker, Walpole, etc) available to the rest of the family, present and future.

Our blog is named Oh Spusch! mostly because Shannon is bad at naming things. The first post I put up includes a story about the time Walker's great grandfather took his whole family out to see a play and the littlest kept saying "Oh! Spusch!" No one ever figured out what she meant by that.