This has become a hot topic if one can afford to do it. Saw it on FamilySearch earlier today – Heritage Tourism: Create a Personalized Travel Experience – FamilySearch December 2, 2019: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/heritage-tourism/.
Heritage tourism is traveling to understand the cultures and places of the past—including those of your ancestors. Here’s how to make heritage tourism the ultimate vacation!
One of the best ways to understand history—including your family history—is to go to a place where you can relive it. This kind of travel is called heritage tourism, or “traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes visitation to cultural, historic, and natural resources.”1
Though many places offer heritage tours that you can pay for and join, you can also create a personalized heritage tour—and save some money—with just a little research and preparation. Here are some tips for creating a heritage tour that is customized to your personal history and heritage.
Tips for Creating Your Own Heritage Tour
Try finding the exact location of your ancestor’s home or property.
Look for street addresses in census records, civil or draft registrations, vital records, correspondence, old family address books, and newspaper articles.
Identify other places of interest associated with your ancestor’s life.
Study records about your family to find the names of workplaces, churches, schools, cemeteries, or other landmarks. Locating and visiting these places, if they still exist, may build your sense of connection to your ancestors.