Travels with Terri: The Places You’ll Go


Travels with Terri
a monthly column by Terri O'Connell


With the third season of Who Do You Think you Are? (NBC, Friday 8pm Eastern/7pm Central) in full swing, it seems to be time to really take a look at all the travel they do (and it is within minutes of the opening credits). As most seasoned genealogist know, the more information you have on your ancestors, the more places you will want to visit. To be able to see the places that were once an important part of our ancestors lives brings much joy to the genealogist in the family.

But, there are many things to consider before you purchase an airline ticket or hop into the car for a road trip. For instance:

  • What do you want to see?
  • Do you want to research?
  • Do you know where the records are located?
  • What are the days/hours the repository is open?
  • Are the records offsite, and do you need to call and ask them to be brought in?
  • Where will you stay?
  • Do you need to rent a car?
  • What is the area like and are there any local festivities going on?

As you can see, many things need to be taken into consideration when you plan a research trip. It is not an "off you go" kind of travel arrangement. While watching Who Do You Think You Are?, none of this is shown to the viewers. Those who are new to genealogy really need to know that this show takes months of research before they shoot the scenes that we get to see. I believe it was said that Martin Sheen and Marisa Tomei’s episodes have been in the works since Season One.

This column is dedicated to the travel questions you have pertaining to family history research, family reunions, and even your family vacation (if needed.) Please feel free to send me an email with any questions you have on this subject, and I will be happy to assist you in any way I can. Depending on the questions that come in, will depend on how many we will be able to answer each month. I look forward to assisting you in any travel endeavors you have.

To ask Terri a travel question, email her at with the subject line, "Travels with Terri."


Copyright © 2012 Terri O'Connell.


This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of The News from the Field / The In-Depth Genealogist. Receive The In-Depth Genealogist free by subscribing HERE.

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