Genealogical Research can not all be done from sitting in your home surfing the net. I've spent hours at the National Archives Branch in Ft. Worth Texas, the Grapevine Public Library, and the Dallas Public Library. I am fortunate to have some great local sources available to me, but I have always 'gotten' on the road to find more.
My first trip of ancestor hunting was in the fall of 1997. Two of my aunts, an uncle, my mom, and my husband went to Missouri. My aunt, who had put together information that she had learned from other cousins, wanted me to meet all of her connections and to show me the cemeteries where many of our ancestors and their siblings were buried and places where they had lived. I learned much on that trip, not just the family history, but traveling tips.
The first and foremost is taking food and beverages with you. You never know where you will be when it is time to eat. Don't let your self become dehydrated. If you get so involved with what you are finding that you don't take care of your needs, you won't last long on the road.
We took pictures of many tombstones, 6 rolls to be exact. An expense you need to be aware of and one of the reasons I invested in a digital camera.
I don't travel to do just research, I attend conferences, and do some sight seeing along the way. I try to see how and where my ancestors lived.
We go to Lampasas, TX frequently as that is where my husband's parents live.
Mounds, OK is where several of my mom's siblings live. We have reunions there on a pretty regular basis.
1996 Bossier City, Homer, Monroe, Eunice, Lecompte, New Iberia, Erath, LA; Lampasas, TX
1997 Rolla, Edgar Springs, Houston, Sherrill, MO; Lampasas, TX
1998 Alexandria, Lecompte, New Iberia, Baton Rouge, Harrisonburg, Boyce, Lottie, Melville, Jonesboro, LA; Clinton, Heber Springs, Searcy, AR Dyersburg, Dyer, Obion, Martin, Dresden, Clarksville, Lewisburg, Jasper, Chattanooga, TN, Scottsboro, AL, Laurel, MS, Ellisville, MS, Lampasas, TX
1999 Alexandria, Baton Rouge, LA, Pensacola, FL; Baton Rouge, New Roads, LA, Pensacola, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Moselle, MS; Lampasas, TX; Tucson, Tombstone, Madera, AZ; Mounds, OK, Poplar Bluff, Qulin, Rolla, Jefferson City, Mountain Grove, MO; Shreveport, LA, Ellisville, Moselle, Magee, Laurel, Jackson, MS, Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA, Monroe, LA
2000 Ottawa and Topeka, KS; Portland, Hood River, Hermiston, Pendleton, OR, Walla Walla, WA; Oklahoma City, OK; Laurel, Jackson, New Hebron, Touchstone, Moselle, MS; Winnfield, Lafayette, New Iberia, Eunice, LA; Belleville, KS, Ord, NE, Atwood, Concordia, KS; Shreveport, Monroe, Fordoche, New Roads, LA, Pensacola, FL, Jonesboro, Harrisonburg, Houma, Columbia, Pollack, Sikes, LA; Ottawa, Parsons, Burlington, KS; Yukon, Guthrie, OK, Topeka, KS, Falls City, NE; Natchitoches, Hammond, Bossier City, LA; Licking,Edgar Springs, MO, Eureka Springs, Huntsville, Van Buren, AR; Tucson, AZ; Lampasas, TX
2001 New Iberia, LA; Salt Lake City, UT; Sweethome, Klamath Falls, Portland, Hood River, Hermiston, Nyssa, Echo, Pendleton, OR, Walla Walla, WA; Walker Co, TX; Beggs, OK, Van Buren, Fayetteville, AR, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Lebanon, Rolla, Houston, Poplar Bluff, MO; Norman, Oklahoma City, OK; Monroe, LA, Moselle, Laurel, MS; Mt. Scott, OK; Gordonville, TX; Mounds, OK, Wagoner, OK, Van Buren, AR, Qulin, Edgar Springs, St. Genevieve, Flat, Anutt, Roby, Waynesville, Hartville, MO; Searcy, AR, Ashton, NC, Charlottesville, VA, Little Rock, AR; Monroe, Shreveport, Eunice, New Iberia, Abbeville, Houma, LA; Lampasas, TX
My traveling has been greatly curtailed by my serving on the board of the Dallas Genealogical Society. I have traded meeting new and interesting people that are searching for their ancestors for the travel. Once I am off the board I hope to resume my prior schedules.
2002 Waynesville, MO; Norman, Mounds, OK; Salt Lake City, UT; Lampasas, TX Austin, TX; Antwerp, Belgium
2003 Pittsburg, PA, Laurel, MD; Mounds, OK; Salt Lake City, UT; Lampasas, TX
2004 Austin, Lampasas, Cleburne, Houston TX; Mounds, Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; Shreveport, LA, Texas and Gasconade Co, MO, Salt Lake City, UT, Laurel, MD, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Lampasas, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, Memphis & Nashville, TN, Hugo & Mounds, OK, Winfield & Topeka, KS
2006 Salt Lake City (x3) UT, Laurel, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Amity, PA, Washington, D. C., Towanda, PA, Ithaca, NY, Annapolis, MD, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Ottawa, IL, Springfield, IL, Tyler, TX, Lampasas, TX, County Meath, Ireland
2007 Salt Lake City (3X) UT, County Meath, Ireland, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Round Rock, Lampasas, Texas
2008 Salt Lake City (3X) UT, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana
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