|Oh the places we go!|
I remember when my niece showed my grandmother her scrapbook from a trip to Disneyland and provided running commentary of the week, including the park, the hotel and pool, and the restaurant meals. She then asked Gran (my mother's mom) about the trips she took as a child. Gran responded that times were different when she was young - she worked on the farm as a child, helping with chores and the hens, and any visiting that took place was to neighboring farms where extended family lived. From discussions with my Aunt, I know that although later in life my grandfather (my father's dad) wanted to travel back to Newfoundland, he was afraid to fly, thought the train and boat trip would be too long and difficult, and sadly never ended up making the trip (that might be one reason I made the trip in 2009).
Times have changed - and we can see it in the ship and flight manifests, travel journals and diaries, family scrapbooks and many other records that show recent generations have become travelers. Do you include the information you find about travel in your Legacy database? The major websites have some great records that provide lots of interesting information if you are lucky enough to have adventurous family members. From records I have seen, lots of my extended family went back to Newfoundland for holidays (and oftentimes it was show off their children or to spend Christmas with their family). When I find this information in the records, I include it as a travel event/fact. I have also included our family's travel (my mom always kept a notebook detailing each day of our trips). I love to travel and will take a trip whenever I can. I include travel as an event and write up a bit about each trip (passport stamps, photographs, and references from my journal notes).
Take advantage of the travel event/fact and include information about any trips you or your family members have taken (find those photographs to help tell the story). Was it a road trip across America, a voyage to a distant land, or perhaps a trip back to your ancestors' homeland? Why not share the story so future generations will learn about your adventurous side.
|editing the travel event definition - to make it less formal|
|finding the travel information |
(passenger manifests and customs information)
adds to your ancestor's story
|a feature that seems better in the idea than the execution|
not sold on this one, but could be convinced