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Genealogy Tourism


I read an inter­est­ing arti­cle in the Canadian Press enti­tled “‘Genealogy tourists’ hit Salt Lake City library in search of fam­ily tree”.

It’s an inter­est­ing piece, espe­cially the sec­tion about Carla Santos, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who makes the point that every des­ti­na­tion is a geneal­ogy des­ti­na­tion because “every­one has a fam­ily story that con­nects them to somewhere.”

This is def­i­nitely true of my fam­ily. Yes, we occa­sion­ally get to “tourist loca­tions”, like Maui, and love them, but we’re cur­rently plan­ning to go to Monroe County, West Virginia and Madison County, Illinois. These are not exactly as pop­u­lar as the Italian Riviera … just in case you were won­der­ing … but they mean some­thing to us because of what we may dis­cover in the court houses and ceme­ter­ies there.

 
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