Whether to visit a genealogy library or walk the streets of their ancestral town or village, more and more people are including genealogy in their travel plans. For some, genealogy is the sole purpose of their journey.
Carla Santos and Grace Yan co-authored a study on the increase in popularity of genealogical tourism. Traveling to the old church where one's great grandparents used to worship in rural Ireland or buying a loaf of bread from a tiny grocery store in the village where one's grandmother was from in Greece, create a critical space to imagine and feel life as a form of continuation, says U. of I. graduate student Grace Yan.
If you are considering a vacation, your local Springfield-Greene County Library has books and other materials to help with your planning.
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