Travel

British Airways and Ancestry.com are Offering Sweepstakes Travel to London

Want to travel to do some genealogy research? If you have British ancestry, a new offer from British Airways and Ancestry may be just what you need.

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British Airways and Ancestry.com are teaming up to offer a sweepstakes to London. British Airways launched the advertising campaign about the joys and importance of air travel. To celebrate the way families are reconnected on a daily basis thanks to aviation, the airline has partnered with Ancestry.com to give away a pair of business-class tickets, a year-long membership to the website, and four nights at the Sheraton Grand Luxury London Park Lane hotel, now showing the newest incarnation of the Sheraton brand. Sheraton is investing big bucks in hotels around the world, and this is one of the showpieces. Enter the contest between now and Aug. 26, along with two more opportunities in September.

UPDATE: Click here and scroll down the next page to find the entry form. It is well hidden otherwise.

Barbados Considers ‘Roots Tourism’

I wonder if more governments should think about this. Promoting genealogy tourism can add millions of dollars/pounds/Euros/ or other local currency to local businesses’ income:

Barbados Today:-Local officials have identified genealogy tourism as a niche area on which they will seek to capitalize.

Manager of Innovation and strategy at the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) Terry Vanterpool-Fox said Barbadians locally and abroad had a keen interest in learning about their family history.

2017 Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise Early Booking Special

I wrote earlier (at https://goo.gl/KFR3Xn) about Gary and Diana Smith’s 3rd annual genealogy cruise to the sunny Eastern Caribbean on February 26 to March 5, 2017. I will be on that cruise and certainly am looking forward to it. I have been on the Celebrity Silhouette before and loved it. Now the cruise line has announced an Early Booking Special for anyone who signs up for the cruise before August 31.

The option for unlimited Internet access is unusual. Internet access from cruise ships is usually very expensive. I will be signing up for that option!

Here is the announcement:

Celebrity Solstice - Aerial at Sea Miami ShorelineEARLY BOOKING SPECIAL
Genealogy Cruise

7-Night Eastern Caribbean
Celebrity Silhouette
February 26 to March 5, 2017

Reserve: Oceanview, Balcony, Concierge, or Aqua Class Stateroom* by August 31, 2016 and receive your choice of two (2) of the following amenities:

Ancestry Tourism

The New York Times has an online article that will interest many genealogists: A Personal Sort of Time Travel: Ancestry Tourism by Amy Zipkin.

America is a nation of immigrants, and as many people age they grow interested in tracing their family heritage and group traditions back to their origins. Zipkin’s article describes the experiences of several genealogists who visited the home towns of ancestors, whether in the US or in “the old country.”

Travelers usually combine such trips with other forms of sightseeing, but along the way they may gain a greater appreciation of the obstacles their ancestors faced and a deeper sense of who they are and where they come from.

Announcing the 2017 Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise

Gary and Diana Smith would like to invite you to join them on their 3rd annual genealogy cruise to the sunny Eastern Caribbean for a week of great fun and learning aboard Celebrity Silhouette. The cruise will take place February 26 to March 5, 2017. A Solstice Class ship, the Celebrity Silhouette encompasses all the amenities and grandeur of a 5 star resort hotel while sailing to some of the most interesting destinations in the Caribbean. Indulge in five course gourmet dining, marvel at spectacular nightly entertainment, and ashore, explore the uniqueness of each port-of-call.

Gary and Diana are internationally known professional genealogists who have also organized several genealogy cruises in the past. On the 2017 cruise, they will be joined Donna Moughty and by some fellow named Dick Eastman. Both Donna and Dick will be teaching throughout the cruise, and available for one-on-one consultations to address your individual genealogy questions. Topics such as technology, Internet, Ireland, Scandinavia, Britain, census records, family health, organizing, immigration, land and more than 20 hours of discussion and learning are proposed for the agenda. All the genealogy activities take place in private meeting rooms both in the morning and afternoon on the days at sea. We will have meeting rooms available each evening after dinner for those who wish to continue their genealogy discussions. Join Gary, Diana, Donna, and myself and all those who love genealogy and cruising as much as you!

Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything is a Success

Another genealogy cruise finished on Saturday. A group of genealogists on board the Celebrity Reflection arrived in Miami, full of new genealogy ideas to try. I was fortunate enough to be one of the presenters on board the seven-day cruise, along with Gary and Diana Smith and Donna Moughty. We made several genealogy presentations during the days at sea. We also had informal in-person discussion periods, one-on-one consultations, and group dinners. There was a LOT of genealogy discussed on this cruise!

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The Celebrity Reflection made stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and and unscheduled stop in Nassau, Bahamas. The unscheduled stop occurred because the weather was a bit too rough to stop at our planned day in Coco Cay, Bahamas. Nassau was a last-minute substitution. Actually, I have been to both places in the past and preferred Nassau over Coco Cay anyway so I was pleased. I also did not hear any other passengers complaining.

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It’s Not Easy Typing on a Train!

Today’s newsletter articles come to you from on board the Amtrak Auto Train. It is the world’s longest train (according to Amtrak).

autotrainIt also is a mixed-use train, transporting both passengers and freight. In this case, the “freight” is limited to automobiles and motorcycles that belong to the passengers. It operates non-stop service for 855-miles (1,376 km) from Lorton, Virginia (near Washington, DC) to Sanford, Florida (not far from Orlando) and return. See the details on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_Train.

As I write these words, I am in a two-level Amtrak passenger car and my mini-van is (hopefully) safe and sound in a specially-designed auto-carrying freight car a few hundred yards behind me. Right now we are all traveling at about 75 miles per hour through the Virginia countryside, southbound to Florida.

2016 Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything

It is getting late. Most cruises need to be booked 6 to 12 months in advance. However, cabins are still available for the 2016 Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything. The 7-night western Caribbean cruise will start January 16, 2016, in Miami, then make stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Coco Cay, Bahamas. The cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection will end in Miami on January 23, 2016.

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The presenters on this cruise will be the hosts, Gary and Diana Smith, along with Donna Moughty and myself. Combined, these speakers have more than 150 years experience with both writing and teaching in the genealogy field.

Announcing the 3rd Annual Heritage Books Genealogy Conference and Cruise

I have to admit that I love genealogy cruises. They are both fun and educational. Besides that, cruises are one of the few genealogy events where the entire family would love to come along! Now Heritage Books, Inc. has announced the company’s next cruise will be held on September 18 to 25, 2016. Here is the announcement:

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My Trip to Indianapolis

I must say that I had fun on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. I spoke at an all-day session sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Marion County. I found the society to be a very active and enthusiastic group. It was fun.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County has offices in the former offices of Memorial Park Cemetery. The building is on the grounds of the Cemetery at 9370 East Washington St. The offices have been expanded and now offers an accessible library, as well as the ability to host educational programs, special interest groups and educational meetings. The Genealogical Society of Marion County publishes both Indy Lineages, a bi-monthly newsletter, and Family Quest, a quarterly journal.

If you have ancestry in Marion County or if you live in the county, you need to check out this society! You can read more at http://genealogyindy.org.

On the Road Again

Well, it is time to travel again. After all, I have been home for five days since my last trip and I am getting restless.

As usual, I will be travelling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking. I should be connected wherever I am. When it comes to posting articles in this newsletter, connectivity should not be an issue. Time available is usually the gating factor. I may not post as much as usual for the next week or so.

Book Your RootsTech Hotel Today

If you are planning to go to RootsTech in Salt Lake City February 3–6, 2016, here is a bit of advice: make your hotel reservation now! The nearby hotels usually are sold out many weeks before the conference.

Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for RootsTech 2016. The Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown will offer reduced rates to RootsTech conference attendees. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The 2016 Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything

If I may engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion, I will be one of the presenters on the second annual Genealogy Cruise to the sunny Caribbean aboard Celebrity’s Reflection, the newest ship in the fleet. I’d love to see you on board as well. If you are thinking of taking a cruise, or if you would like to do something “different” from the usual genealogy seminars and conferences, a cruise in the Caribbean with hosts Gary and Diana Smith, presenters Donna Moughty and myself, and accompanied by bunch of other genealogists might be exactly what you want.

In the ship’s private meeting rooms, there will be three days of Genealogy activities on this seven-day cruise. The featured speakers will be Dick Eastman, Donna Moughty, and Gary and Diana Smith, with each of these guest genealogists presenting on their specialties. Combined, these speakers have more than 150 years experience with both writing and teaching in the genealogy field.

Planning a Roots Trip?

The summer vacation time is upon us, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Millions of people are planning vacations. If you are a genealogist, what better trip could you take than one that allows you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors?

Writing in the MyHeritage Blog, Schelly Talalay Dardashti says, “Whether you stay at home or plan an international trip, the basics are the same: Decide where you are going and what information you would like to find. Contact local historic or genealogical societies in the area for more information, and see below for even more suggestions.”

You can read all of Schelly’s suggestions at http://blog.myheritage.com/2015/06/family-planning-a-roots-trip.

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy courses, software demonstrations, “how to” presentations describing the latest genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?

Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based on the fact that attendance at some genealogy conferences is less than that of a few years ago. Yet everywhere else we look, we see proof of the opposite. The combined RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences attracted about 22,500 people this year. While it is held in the “genealogy Mecca” of Salt Lake City, that’s not bad for a mid-winter event! Who Do You Think You Are? Live! held in England every year typically attracts close to 15,000 attendees. The accompanying Who Do You Think You Are? television series about genealogy is popular in several countries around the world. Genealogy Roadshow and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are U.S. television shows that also attract millions of viewers.

Thousands of genealogy web sites also attest to the current level of interest. The number of genealogy programs available for mobile computing devices is increasing faster than ever before, and the latest growth is in cloud-based genealogy programs. Several of the software producers are reporting record sales. Finally, genealogy “theme cruises” attract more and more people every year.

I’d say that genealogy is alive and more popular than ever!

Announcing a Guided Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland

The following announcement was written by Donna Moughty:

Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will again be taking a group of researchers to Ireland from October 18 – 25, 2015. The repositories scheduled on this trip include the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds. Dublin based professionals will also be available to assist participants at various locations.

Restaurant Builds Over Graveyard, Leaves Tombs next to Tables

The New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmedabad, India has a rather strange decor. In fact, it is a very creepy, very weird eating experience. The restaurant isn’t only built on top of an old graveyard, the graves are actually in the building.

The restaurant started as a small tea stand just outside the cemetery. Little by little, the walls of the tea house were expanded until they completely enveloped the graveyard. The tombstones are still in place inside the restaurant. Patrons have to walk past tombstones to reach their tables.

Heritage Books to Sponsor the 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise

Genealogy Cruises seem to be popping up everywhere! The newest announcement comes from Heritage Books. The 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise is to be the successor to the earlier Wholly Genes Software cruises. Now under the leadership of professional genealogist Craig R. Scott, the Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruises have always been very popular. I suspect the 2015 edition will be the same.

The 11th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise will occur October 18–October 28, 2015. Quoting from the announcement:

Join us for an educational and fun-filled voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Aruba then on to Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal and Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and back to Ft. Lauderdale, while we learn about DNA from some of the foremost experts in those fields.

The same announcement also states:

Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything is a Success

Another genealogy cruise finished yesterday. A group of genealogists on board the Celebrity Silhouette arrived in Fort Lauderdale, sun tanned and full of new genealogy ideas to try. I was fortunate enough to be one of the presenters on board the seven-day cruise, along with Gary and Diana Smith and Jana Sloan Broglin. We made 24 presentations, spread over three days at sea. We also had informal in-person discussion periods, one-on-one consultations, and group breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. There was a LOT of genealogy discussed on this cruise!

Announcing the 2016 Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything

Cruise Everything is not resting on the company’s laurels. While the 2014 genealogy cruise has just finished, the company has already announced a new genealogy cruise to be held 13 months from now.

The 7-night western Caribbean cruise will start January 16, 2016, in Miami, then make stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Coco Cay, Bahamas. The cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection will end in Miami on January 23, 2016.

You can click on the image to the right to view a larger version. Additional details will also become available as the date approaches at http://www.CruiseEverything.com.

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