The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
If anyone perfects the Travel-Back-in-Time Machine, the genealogists will be the first to sign up as test passengers.
How we long to go back in time and place to meet our ancestors. Those silent spirits who made fateful decisions, such as leaving the Old Country or enlisting into war, whose lives we remember, and whose memories we honor.
If only we could meet them.
Unfortunately, we have to settle for less.
Carolyn Schott wrote Visiting Your Ancestral Town after visiting her own ancestral town of Hoffnungstal, located in the Ukraine.
Her experience was so unforgettable, so memorable, that she wanted to share her experiences with us, and encourage us to make the same trip.
So to give us encouragement, she wrote Visiting to provide for us the details of working out the trip, what to do, what to avoid, and hopefully make it all appear easy enough for us to actually go, and experience our own memorable trip to our own ancestral hometown.
The first chapters describe how to go about finding the location of your family town. Beginning with what your family knows, or tells in legend and in story, and then moving on to doing deeper research and systematically laying out the facts, Ms. Schott will guide your research toward reliable conclusions.
The author invokes the Genealogical Proof Standard, and much of the book is basic instruction for doing skillful, high-quality genealogy research.
Chapter Four gets down to coaching the reader in how to finally find the town. From broad, generalized family information (the author began searching in “South Russia,” which proved to be a very long way from the true place), to ultimately getting to the precise location. The author writes about using maps and gazetteers, online and paper; genealogy organizations specific to your ethnicity and region of origin; and other records important to your quest in identifying the right town before flying off to the wrong one.
This is not a large book, but it’s inspirational and just might get you going. It’s a singular experience to see the hills your ancestor look upon, an opportunity not to be missed.
Visiting Your Ancestral Town by Carolyn Schott is available from the publisher at http://www.columbia-capstone.com/yyyn-visiting-your-ancestral-town.html and from Amazon as a paperback book at http://goo.gl/1ZEspj and as a Kindle-format ebook at http://goo.gl/SY1GMt.