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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