I’m excited about the great weather that is in the forecast for this weekend! Temperatures in the high 70s during the day and 50s at night.
This kind of weather has me thinking that it might be time to do a genealogy trip!
When I lived in Texas, doing a genealogy trip was always a “spur of the moment” thing. I lived within a couple of hours of everything and I would just decide the night before that I wanted to go check on a record or get a tombstone picture. No big deal.
Living in North Carolina now, I have to approach things a little differently. I actually have no family links (that I know of) in North Carolina. The closest I can think of is in Anderson County, South Carolina. That’s almost a 7-hour drive! If I am going to drive that far then I better plan things out and make sure I make the trip worthwile!
So, here are my initial thoughts about a genalogy trip to Anderson County, South Carolina.
First, and most important, make sure I clear it with the boss! I’m sure that my wife will understand.
After clearing it with the boss, the second most important thing is to make sure I update my database so that I have all the current information on my Stevenson, Freeman, and Brown surnames that I will be researching there! Once I have all of that, I need to print it out and make a binder for that information. I also need to make sure I place that information in my database that I will be taking with me on my laptop! (I know, I don’t have one yet but I hope to have one soon!)
Next I have to research the area I will be visiting. What sources are available? I can visit the Court House, maybe a genealogy library or society close by, or maybe highlight graveyards I might want to visit. How about local newspaper archives? Once I’ve done that, I need to make sure when these places are open. Is the Court House under construction? Is the genealogy library only open on Fridays?
I also need to make a list of sources I am searching for. This way I can know exactly what I am looking for and check it off as I find it.
One other thought, make sure I check the calendar for the time I plan to visit. I wouldn’t want to go on the busiest weekend of the year! I’ll probably want to make sure that I go at a time that would be most convenient for me. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some kind of genealogy convention going on at the time? No, that would actually distract me from what I am wanting to do.
I know there are probably a million other things to consider before doing all of this and, for the first time, I actually have to make a plan! I’m not being “spur of the moment” this time. I will probably pick a time this summer to do this. That will give me plenty of time to get everything together.
I would love to be able to get some advice or instruction from my fellow genea-bloggers.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!