Technological innovations over the past 25 years have changed our lives and have made our genealogical data collection much easier. Portable computers, handheld personal data assistants, and cell phones and so-called smartphones with high data storage capacities have allowed us to communicate with others and connect to the Internet. Special application programs (apps) also have allowed us to load our genealogical data onto these devices and take it along with us anywhere we go. The result is that we can now make genealogical research trips of all sorts and have our data with us for immediate reference.
This is the time of year when many of us begin planning those summer research trips. Our families may call them “vacations,” but we genealogists all know that these trips are really just excuses to visit ancestral areas and home sites, cemeteries, courthouses, libraries and archives, and other venues in which we can search for more original records to expand our knowledge.
There are many modern tools to assist you with your genealogy research trips. This week’s column will share some ideas for consideration as you plan this year’s research trips.
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