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.