GeneaChat: Fun in the Sun-Your Ancestors’ Vacations 2

GeneaChat: Fun in the Sun-Your Ancestors’ Vacations

With the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, plans for travel are common. From the beach to the mountains and anywhere in between we are looking for ways to relax and take a break from our day to day lives.

Memories of spending time at the beach, mountains and amusement parks with my grandparents are stories I need to write about and share with my children. They would travel and visit us in the various places we lived while being assigned to different military bases around the world while my father served.

Our ancestors loved to travel, visit friends and relatives and see new places. Even the poorest of farmers can be seen in the community news columns as having visitors or visiting others.

Did your people find the time to travel? If so, where did they go? How did you discover their adventures? A journal, old postcards or letters?

This month we will share the stories of our ancestor’s vacations, trips or out of town visits.

Where did your ancestors go and how did they get there? Did they have any interesting stories to tell? Did they leave any ephemera behind such as postcards, ticket stubs or souvenirs? How did you learn about the places they went or the people that came to see them?

Both my maternal and paternal grandparents saved items from vacations they took.

I wrote about them in these posts:
Gathering photos and ephemera I was able to tell the story of a Memories of New Orleans.

The same technique helped to discover a Trip to Florida.

My great great grandmother wrote about visiting her children in this letter transcribed in my post Letters from Mattie Part 3.

Now it’s your turn.

Where did your family vacation? Did they travel to new places? Was there a family spot like a cabin in the mountains or place at the beach where family gathered each year? Do you remember having family come to visit you? Have you written these stories? If so, add the link to the comments section if not, now is the time to write about their adventures to keep the memories alive. Once you do, be sure to add the link. Comments are welcome if you don’t have a post to link to.

Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the June GeneaChat: Fun in the Sun-Your Ancestors Vacations-Recap at the end of June.

Can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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2 thoughts on “GeneaChat: Fun in the Sun-Your Ancestors’ Vacations

  • Harriette Lockhart

    My grandmother, Harriette Tull Cooper McKewn Glover, was born in Henderson, NC and she and her family vacationed at Nags Head on the Outer Banks of NC. Don’t have any details. After she married and moved to Orangeburg, SC she and her daughters visited her family in Henderson each summer. When I was growing up we vationed at Edisto Island, SC. Now that I live in Seattle my favorite vacations are to the Carolinas, where I’m always hoping to find more about my ancestors.

    • Cheri Hudson Passey
      Cheri Hudson Passey Post author

      Hariette, thanks so much for sharing memories of visiting your grandmother and spending time at the beach. Come back to research in SC anytime!