My passion for family history research was ignited 25 years ago on a vacation trip to Montréal, Québec, when I found my paternal great, great grandfather Laurent Charbonneau’s 1832 baptismal record in an archive.
Sitting in a darkened room scrolling through microfilm, I could barely read the handwriting or decipher the French — or contain my excitement when I finally found my ancestor’s name! I came home with a certified copy clutched in my hand and a burning desire to continue exploring my heritage. In short, I was hooked.
Since then, I have gone through many rolls of microfilm, many archives and records repositories, and many online searches in the quest for vital genealogy documentation.
Yet what stays with me, even more than the records, is the memory of road trips to the places where ancestors lived, worked, raised families, contributed to community life and sometimes even made history — and the stories those visits help reveal.
On this blog I will share some of those stories, along with tips on how to plan a visit to an ancestor’s home and ways to get the most out of a family history road trip.
For more about how I got started as a genealogy blogger, check out May I Introduce To You…Molly Charboneau on the GeneaBloggers website.
I hope you’ll join me on the journey!