The 2020 Hooked on Genealogy Tour has been Canceled

The 2020 Hooked on Genealogy Tour, due to leave New Zealand/Australia in May, has been cancelled. However, if the CoronaVirus pandemic has significantly subsided, a shorter tour to Salt Lake City might be scheduled in September, 2020. Stay tuned!

The full list of all Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus may be found at: Want to have your event’s cancellation or “virtualization” added to this list? Click here.

Utah Governor Orders All Adults Entering the State to Disclose Their Travel Plans

This may put a damper on some genealogists’ plans to visit Salt Lake City, including for next month’s (still scheduled) NGS conference. It isn’t a complete travel ban, but the new ruling certainly will have a chilling effect on travel to Utah:

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (shown above) issued an executive order yesterday requiring adults entering the state to disclose their travel plans in the latest state-led crackdown on domestic travel amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The order, which went into effect this morning, applies to all adults regardless of how they enter the state. The governor’s office said Thursday visitors will get instructions on how to register their travel plans via an automatic text message when they arrive in the state.

Announcing Genealogical Adventures 2020 – a Heritage and Genealogical Tour to Sweden 2020, 3rd – 11th August 2020.

The following announcement was written by the Adventure Skaraborg Society, the organizers of Genealogical Adventures 2020:

Genealogical Adventures 2020 – a Heritage and Genealogical Tour to Sweden 2020, 3rd – 11th August 2020.

The trip Genealogical Adventures 2020 to Sweden is customized for everyone who travels on this genealogy travel package tour. It’s a travel package that allows the participants to find their roots in Sweden combined with touring Swedish historical and cultural highlights. The trip is for participants who have ancestry in Sweden.

No genealogy skills are required but knowledge where in Sweden and who the ancestors are is important. The information is asked for in the Genealogy Research Query Form which has to be filled in. By doing so the process to find the right researcher and guide for the person who is interested to join the tour starts, by the Adventure Skaraborg Society who is the host for the tour. In the form, it’s also included what the participant likes to do in Sweden. Visit the area the ancestor came from and meeting relatives of today.

Danish Reality TV Show Seeks Americans of Danish Ancestry

American residents of Danish ancestry might be interested in learning that a Danish Reality TV show is conducting a nationwide casting call for people just like them.

The O’Connor Casting Company is seeking future cast members for the Great Danish Adventure, described as “an exciting Danish Reality TV series featuring Americans with Danish ancestry who fly to Denmark to compete in fun and adventurous challenges while learning about their heritage.”

From the announcement:

Synopsis: 2020 is here and maybe it’s time you gave yourself a life changing opportunity with the chance to meet long lost relatives and win a cash prize of $10,000.00.

Irish Research Trip – October 2020

The following announcement was written by Donna M Moughty:

January 6, 2020 – Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin and/or Belfast, Ireland
Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will be taking a group of researchers to Ireland in October of 2020. This will be the 8th year for the trip. The Belfast Research Trip from Oct 10-17, 2020 will visit the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Historical Foundation, the Linen Hall Library, the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Library for Emigration Studies. The Dublin Research Trip from October 17-24, 2020 includes the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office, EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre and the Registry of Deeds. In both cases, other repositories can be scheduled as needed. This is a research trip, as opposed to a tour with each day spent in a repository with assisted research. Because research in Ireland is highly dependent on time and place, researchers must know where in Ireland their ancestor was born.

How an Irish Airline Will Help You Find Your Ancestors

Aer Lingus has announced a new “Discover Your Roots” trip package: a six-night excursion to the Emerald Isle intended to help folks with Irish blood create an Irish connection to their ancestry.

The package includes:

Have You Claimed the Most Valuable Asset your Ancestors Passed Down to You?

Simon Black writes the SovereignMan blog. He is a political and financial conservative and writes about all sorts of topics. I read most of his articles and find that I agree with some of his articles and strongly disagree with some others. However, this week he wrote an article that may interest many people with immigrant ancestors who arrived in the U.S. within the past 2 or 3 generations. I don’t consider this particular article to be either conservative or liberal. Instead, it simply describes the facts.

In Have you claimed the most valuable asset your ancestors passed down to you?, Simon Black writes about the legitimate ways of obtaining a second passport. Having a second passport will allow you to travel or even live in the country that issued the passport. This can greatly expand your options to live and even be employed in another country. These passports are not available from all countries but several countries do offer “citizenship by descent and means that you could be eligible to get a second passport at almost no cost if you have parents, grandparents, or in some cases even great grandparents who came from a number of countries which offer citizenship to the descendants of their citizens.”

With most second passports, you do not need to give up your American passport or citizenship. Having a second passport simply provides you with more options. Many people already possess dual passports.

Simon Black writes:

Genealogy at Sea! July 2020

The following announcement was written by Diana Smith, the organizer of next year’s Genealogy at Sea Adventure:

You may have heard that Gary Smith, my husband and genealogy partner, passed away in February 2018. Although he is terribly missed (especially by me), he wanted the genealogy adventures to continue, so I am preparing for a cruise to Bermuda in July 2020. Our friend Dick Eastman will serve as cohost.

We will be traveling with CruiseEverything again, on the lovely Celebrity Summit, with our friends, professional genealogists and popular speakers, Dick Eastman and Ann Staley, 19 July to 26 July 2020.

Full details are available on the CruiseEverything website at There is a link to the upcoming cruise, with photos of the ship, cabins, restaurants, and public areas, and information on the ports of call. You can also see a gallery of photos from our previous genealogy cruises. Check it out!

As before, we are planning a wide range of genealogy activities. We will have presentations and some group sessions in private meeting rooms, one-on-one consultation opportunities, and lots of networking available. There will be genealogy activities every day at sea, plus a few optional opportunities in port, should anyone choose to stay onboard. The topics will be announced soon.

Cruise Planners announces Gold, Pioneers, and Family History Cruise 2020

The following announcement was written by Cruise Planners:

Gena Philibert-Ortega’s Gold, Pioneers, and Family History cruise will set sail August 23-30, 2020, from the Port of Seattle, Washington. Sailing on the Princess Cruises Emerald Princess, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; and returning to Seattle, Washington.

Genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega, Cyndi Ingle, Ron Arons, David Allen Lambert, Daniel Horowitz, and Tami Osmer Mize will provide educational presentations, technology demonstrations, and consultations. Presentation titles and itinerary will be available on

Genealogist Terri O’Connell’s travel company, Cruise Planners, is in charge of travel arrangements and cruise registration. Learn more at:


The genealogy program presenters for the Gold, Pioneers, and Family History cruise each specialize in somewhat different areas of family history research, providing a broad spectrum of genealogy information that will enhance your research efforts.

On the Road Again, This Time to London

This is a quick notice to let you know there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next week or ten days. I will be in London, England attending the RootsTech London genealogy conference on October 24 through 26. See for details about the conference. I will then add a few days “personal time” both before and after the conference so that I can be a tourist in the country and travel around a bit.

I have been to England many times and every time I leave I always have ideas on what I want to do on my “next visit.” In the next ten days, I plan to follow up on some of those ideas.

RootsTech Exhibits Hall

I also hope to write about the conference events that I see at RootsTech London and I also suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2020 Family History Conference

I just made my reservation.

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 AUGUST 2019—Starting 15 August 2019, you may reserve accommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-second annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, which will be held 20-23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC), 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The NGS conference will feature more than 150 genealogy lectures on a wide variety of topics including DNA, ethnic sources, historical migrations, immigration, research techniques, specialized collections at the Family History Library, and more.

Update: the Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda 2020

The following email message from Diana Crisman Smith provides the latest details on the planned genealogy cruise to Bermuda in July 2020. (I will also be on that cruise as cohost, along with Ann Staley, who also is a speaker on the cruise.) While Diana sent this email message to everyone who has previously enjoyed genealogy cruises sponsored by Diana and her late husband Gary Smith, I believe the message also may be of interest to potential “first timers” who are interested in a relaxed genealogy cruise to Bermuda. Here is the message:

Hello Genealogists!
I’m ready for a genealogy at sea adventure. Are you?

You may have heard that Gary Smith passed away in February 2018. Although he is terribly missed (especially by me), he wanted the genealogy adventures to continue, so I am working on a cruise to Bermuda in July 2020. Our friend Dick Eastman will serve as cohost.

Airbnb Partners With 23andMe to Make It Easier for People to Get In Touch With Their Roots

I am not sure I understand the logic of this. Perhaps Airbnb wants to promote genealogy research trips under the assumption that many of those traveling will stay in Airbnb-advertised guest facilities and also might have their DNA tested by 23andMe.

In any case, Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies have partnered to help people “connect with their ancestry” through a heritage travel program.

An announcement by Jennings Brown on the Gizmodo web site cautions:

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

In the May 6, 2019 newsletter, I published an article entitled Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything. In it, I describe a genealogy-themed cruise that Diana Crisman Smith, Ann Staley, and I are taking in 2020. We are inviting other genealogists to join us as we offer genealogy presentations while at sea, plus shore expeditions, excellent food, a world-class spa, and lots of things to do for the entire family.

The article may be found at

In that article, I mentioned that the cruise web site was not yet updated with the latest information but I also promised that it would be updated soon. That has now happened.

Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

It’s time to start planning next year’s vacation!

Yes, even as the northern hemisphere is just entering the major vacation time of this year, it is a great idea to start planning next year’s vacation, especially if you want to take a cruise. Cruises often require advance planning in order to get the cabin, the dates, and the other amenities you want. Luckily, next year you can combine a great cruise and a genealogy conference all in one. You may want to enter July 19 through 26, 2020 in your calendar now. Yes, that’s 7 days of sightseeing, learning, great food, entertainment, sunbathing, and a cruise ship’s spa!

Why take a genealogy cruise? See my earlier article, Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers, at for many of the answers.

Click on the above image or click here to view a larger brochure.

My Helicopter Trip to the Grand Canyon

NOTE: This article is definitely off-topic. That is, it isn’t related to genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy articles, you might want to skip this one. However, I suspect a few people will be interested in my photos of today’s trip.

After the recent RootsTech conference, I decide to fly to Las Vegas for a few days’ rest and relaxation. While I never gamble in the casinos, I do enjoy many other activities in Las Vegas: shows, restaurants, people watching, and other entertainment. While in the city, I decided to take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

The helicopter company picked me up at my hotel in a black stretch limo and whisked me to McCarran International Airport. Instead of going to the airline terminal, we were dropped off on the other side of the airport where the helicopter services are found. After a briefing, four other visitors and I climbed into a helicopter with our pilot, Alex.

My Photos and Videos from Bangkok

If anyone is interested in the photos and videos I took on my recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand, take a look at Google Photos at:

You can click on any image to see a larger version of it.

A Report on My Recent Travels: Around the World in Eight Days

In case anyone is interested, here is an update on my recent travels.

Around the World in Eighty Days is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Jean Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. Traveling around the world in 80 days was quite a feat in 1873!

Luckily, today’s travel is easier and faster. Yesterday evening, I returned from an eight day trip around the world. I spent 5 days in Bangkok, Thailand plus a day and a half traveling to that city and another day and a half returning home. In any case, I am now back home and am working on new articles for this newsletter.

Making a Genealogical Journey to Québec City

Québec City is rich with history, artifacts and documents – all of which make the search for French Canadian ancestry relatively straightforward. Searching records online through the Monastère des Augustines and sites like PRDH are highly recommended, and, of course, so is a trip to Québec City.

Jean-Pierre Gendreau-Hétu did exactly that. Luckily for the rest of us with French-Canadian ancestry, he was interviewed by Pamela MacNaughtan who then wrote about the trip, describing the genealogy journey. If you have French-Canadian ancestry from the Quebec City ancestry and would like to research the archives where those ancestors lived, you might first want to read the article in the Quebec City Tourism’s Website at: and also watch the video below or on YouTube at:

Uttarakhand Genealogy Tourism Packages Announced

If you have ancestors from Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India, you may be interested in the new ‘Gotra tourism’ packages offered to tourists. (Gotra is the Hindi word for “clan lineage.”)

Announcing the plan a few days ago, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, said that the idea is to encourage visitors to come to the Himalayan state to update their family records and also visit places associated with the sages after whom the principal gotras are named.