People have long spent vacations in family pursuits - visiting relatives, taking in sites important in their family histories or doing research in such genealogical hotbeds as Salt Lake City or Fort Wayne, Ind.
One area that's been growing in popularity is genealogy cruises. RootsMagic Inc. - producer of popular personal history programs RootsMagic, Personal Historian and Family Atlas - has scheduled a Nov. 11-18 Caribbean genealogy cruise.
Besides stopping in the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten after starting in Florida, many of the nation's top genealogy experts will make presentations during the cruise portion of the trip aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas ship. Details can be found here.
Is that Santa I hear? Thinking about the holidays yet? If you're thinking of presenting a loved one with the gift of a family history product in December, it's not too early to start planning. Personal historians tend to get quite busy after Labor Day, so it's better to get started today than to be disappointed later. If you need some help in putting together such a project, drop me an e-mail and I'll be happy to give you some suggestions.
Put Google to work for you. You can now take advantage of Google's book-scanning project of millions of books in the public domain and others made available by rights holders. World Vital Records has teamed with Google to offer text searches of millions of books from around the world.
He said it: “A story is like a star. It is born in the past, illuminates the present and will shine in the future.” – J.R. Carroll.
Just for fun...take a spin over to Jennifer's blog and follow the link to an entertaining remake of Lonzo & Oscar's convoluted musical tale of twisted genealogy, "I'm My Own Grandpa."