"Traveling to Romania a few years ago was a chance to see, firsthand, where my father, who had died two years earlier, spent his childhood. Armed with addresses I’d collected from my father’s sister, and accompanied by my three children, I felt the trip was a chance to experience my father’s heritage: to see his home and school, the local synagogue, the mountain resort where he learned to ski, and to eat the foods he spoke of longingly (though I refrained from biting into a raw onion).
"Prompted by TV shows, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” (whose new series started on TLC in July) and the new PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow,” a spinoff of the Irish hit, a growing number of people are traveling with their family tree in tow."
Traveling to Find Your Roots by Caren Osten Gerszberg may be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/travel/traveling-to-find-your-roots.html?ref=travel.
NOTE: The New York Times has a habit of leaving articles on the web site for a few days, then moving them into the site's archives which require payment. The article is available to everyone free of charge as I write these words but I am not sure if it will remain there or now.
My thanks to newsletter reader Pat Rand for telling me about this article.