Genealogy: Travel checklist for your genealogy trip

Genealogy: Travel checklist for your genealogy trip By Barry J. Ewell

It would be nice to simply walk into a library and find what you want and you are done.   Experience has taught me that I am to expect the unexpected.  The list may seem exhaustive but it is designed to help review your own needs and choose those items you desire to take to make the research trip as effective as possible.

Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating then having traveled a long distance and not have what you need to complete the research. I remember once having a camera battery go dead and there was no store in town that carried the battery I needed.   Due Continue reading

Genealogy: Taking better digital travel photos

Taking better digital travel photosBy Barry J. Ewell

You don’t have to travel far to find fascinating nature and wildlife … just head into your backyard and look around. No matter where you live, outdoor photography will help you look at your world with new eyes—and improve your photo-taking skills, too.

Prepare for take-off. Before your trip, review travel guides and photos in books and magazines so you can make a list of potential shots ahead of time. When you reach a photo location, scout the area to plan your approach before shooting.

The right lighting is crucial to creating stunning photos. Consider the best time of day for your desired shot. For example, if you must have a photo of the Eiffel Tower while in Paris, shoot just before sunset or shortly after sunrise. The light during this time can lend everything a beautiful golden hue. Continue reading

Genealogy: Extended research trip #13—Travel websites, books and maps to research

Genealogy: Extended research trip #13—Travel websites, books and maps to researchBy Barry J. Ewell

Travel topics are too many to cover in the scope of this writing.  The following are a few websites that you might consider as the beginning point of your search:www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/tips_menu.htm

  1. www.freetraveltips.com
  2. www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1254.xml    Continue reading

Genealogy: Strategy for field research #1—Keep a travel journal during your trip

Genealogy: Strategy for field research #1—Keep a travel journal during your tripBy Barry J. Ewell

Each day of your trip is full of research, excursions, meeting new people, taking pictures, reflecting upon your family, and unexpected happenings. Take time at the end or beginning of each day to write in your travel journal. Upon your return home, you will find that your journal will be one of the most important assets you have in furthering research and documenting the value of your trip. After just a week on the road, one day blends into the next. Continue reading