Research can not all be done from sitting in your home surfing the
net. I've spent hours at the National Archives Branch in Fort Worth Texas, the
Grapevine Public Library, and the Dallas Public Library. I am
fortunate to have some great local sources available to me, but I
have always 'gotten' on the road to find more.
My first trip of ancestor hunting was in the fall of 1997. Two of my aunts, an uncle, my mom, and my husband went to Missouri. My aunt, who had put together information that she had learned from other cousins, wanted me to meet all of her connections and to show me the cemeteries where many of our ancestors and their siblings were buried and places where they had lived. I learned much on that trip, not just the family history, but traveling tips.
The first and foremost is taking food and beverages with you. You never know where you will be when it is time to eat. Don't let your self become dehydrated. If you get so involved with what you are finding that you don't take care of your needs, you won't last long on the road.
We took pictures of many tombstones, 6 rolls to be exact. An expense you need to be aware of and one of the reasons I invested in a digital camera.
I don't travel to do just research, I attend conferences, and do some sight seeing along the way. I try to see how and where my ancestors lived.
We went to Lampasas, Texas frequently as that is where my husband's parents lived. They have now moved within a mile of us.
Mounds, Oklahoma is where several of my mom's siblings live. We have reunions there on a pretty regular basis.
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1996 Bossier City, Homer, Monroe, Eunice, Lecompte, New Iberia, Erath, Louisiana; Lampasas, Texas
1997 Rolla, Edgar Springs, Houston, Sherrill, Missouri; Lampasas, Texas
1998 Alexandria, Lecompte, New Iberia, Baton Rouge, Harrisonburg, Boyce, Lottie, Melville, Jonesboro, Louisiana; Clinton, Heber Springs, Searcy, Arkansas; Dyersburg, Dyer, Obion, Martin, Dresden, Clarksville, Lewisburg, Jasper, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Scottsboro, Alabama; Laurel, MS, Ellisville, Mississippi; Lampasas, Texas
1999 Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Pensacola, Florida; Baton Rouge, New Roads, Louisiana; Pensacola, Flordia; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Moselle, Mississippi; Lampasas, Texas; Tucson, Tombstone, Madera, Arizonia; Mounds, Oklahoma, Poplar Bluff, Qulin, Rolla, Jefferson City, Mountain Grove, Missouri; Shreveport, Louisiana; Ellisville, Moselle, Magee, Laurel, Jackson, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia; Monroe, Louisiana
2000 Ottawa and Topeka, Kansas; Portland, Hood River, Hermiston, Pendleton, Oregon; Walla Walla, Washington; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Laurel, Jackson, New Hebron, Touchstone, Moselle, Mississippi; Winnfield, Lafayette, New Iberia, Eunice, Louisiana; Belleville, Kansas; Ord, Nebraska; Atwood, Concordia, Kansas; Shreveport, Monroe, Fordoche, New Roads, Louisiana; Pensacola, Floridia; Jonesboro, Harrisonburg, Houma, Columbia, Pollack, Sikes, Louisiana; Ottawa, Parsons, Burlington, Kansas; Yukon, Guthrie, Oklahoma; Topeka, Kansas; Falls City, Nebraska; Natchitoches, Hammond, Bossier City, Louisiana; Licking,Edgar Springs, Missouri; Eureka Springs, Huntsville, Van Buren, Arkansas; Tucson, Arizonia; Lampasas, Texas
2001 New Iberia, Louisiana; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sweethome, Klamath Falls, Portland, Hood River, Hermiston, Nyssa, Echo, Pendleton, Oregon, Walla Walla, Washington; Walker Co, Texas; Beggs, Oklahoma, Van Buren, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Lebanon, Rolla, Houston, Poplar Bluff, Missouri; Norman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Monroe, Louisiana; Moselle, Laurel, Mississippi; Mt. Scott, Oklahoma; Gordonville, Texas; Mounds & Wagoner, Oklahoma; Van Buren, Arkansas, Qulin, Edgar Springs, St. Genevieve, Flat, Anutt, Roby, Waynesville, Hartville, Missouri; Searcy, Arkansas, Ashton, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Monroe, Shreveport, Eunice, New Iberia, Abbeville, Houma, Louisiana; Lampasas, Texas
My traveling was greatly curtailed by my serving on the board of the Dallas Genealogical Society. I traded meeting new and interesting people that are searching for their ancestors for the travel.
2002 Waynesville, Missouri; Norman & Mounds, Oklahoma; Salt Lake City, Utah; Lampasas & Austin, Texas; Antwerp, Belgium
2003 Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Laurel, Maryland; Mounds, Oklahoma; Salt Lake City, Utah; Lampasas, Texas
2004 Austin, Lampasas, Cleburne & Houston Trcsd; Mounds & Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sacramento, California; Shreveport, Louisiana, Texas and Gasconade Co, Missouri[ Salt Lake City, Utah;, Laurel, Maryland; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005 Lampasas, Texasl Salt Lake City, Utah;, Memphis & Nashville, Tennessee, Hugo & Mounds, Oklahoma; Winfield & Topeka, Kansas
2006 Salt Lake City (x3) Utah; Baltimore, Annapolis & Laurel, Maryland; Philadelphia, Amity, Towanda, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Ithaca, New York; Chicago, Ottawa, & Springfield, Illinois; Tyler & Lampasas, Texas; County Meath, Ireland
2007 Salt Lake City (3X) Utah; County Meath, Ireland; Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Round Rock & Lampasas, Texas
2008 Salt Lake City (3X) Utah; Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana
2009 Salt Lake City, Utah; Georgetown, Texas; Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi; Oregon, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Tennessee, Maryland, Washington DC, Birginia, Pennsylvania, New York
2010 Salt Lake City, Utah; Lampasas, Sun City, Tyler, McKinney, Colleyville, Euless, & Mesquite, Texas; Knoxville, Tennesee; Alaska
2011 Salt Lake City (2x) Utah; Lampassas, Texas; Charleston, Columbia & Laurens Counties South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, DC; Sun City, Round Rock & Hurst, Texas
2012 Salt Lake City (3x), Utah; Lampassas, Texas; Simpson County, Mississippi, Conroe, Sun City, Texas, Washington DC, Richmond, Charlottesville,
2013 Salt Lake City (4x) Utah; Nashville, Knoxville, Tennessee; Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Virginia; Laurel, Maryland; Washington, DC
2014 Salt Lake City (2x) Utah; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotteville, Richmond, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Fincastle, Abingdon, Virginia; Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, San Antonio, Texas; Natchez, Mississippi
2015 Salt Lake City (3x) Utah; Charlotteville, Richmond, Virginia; Lake Texhoma, Lake Tawakoni, San Antonio, Texas; St Charles, Missouri; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Annapolis, Maryland; Washington, DC