Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting an ancestral village in Europe or Asia? I know I have. Wouldn’t it be fun to walk the streets your ancestors walked, or actually stand in a house one of them built? Thanks to a book I found on my Shore family line, I know the location of an ancestral home in Switzerland—and by poking around the Internet, I know the house still stands. What do you think—should I go?
I attribute my European travel bug to my good friend Phyllis Quarg, past president of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Phyllis is gearing up for a September visit to Denmark, and having more fun than any one person is allowed! She’ll be seeing where her Danish grandparents lived, and will even go to the beach where her shipwrecked grandfather came ashore. Now, that’s some trip!
If you’ve traced your family over the Pond, I’ve found some travel agencies that specialize in genealogy-related tours—some agencies are of a general nature and some offer customized services.
• Roots and Culture for African American Travelers
• Jewish Heritage Tours to Central Europe
• Visiting the Emerald Isle
• Discover Your Swedish Heritage
• Customized Genealogy Tours
They will also take photos if you can’t go.
• Genealogy Tours in Dublin