Genealogical search can be divided into several stages. This is:
- When you collect information from close relatives, review old photos.
- When you work on the World Wide Web.
- When you work and visit the archives.
- When you travel to places of ancestors to find or learn something important and interesting.
So we will consider the last point, trips to places of ancestors. What can give us in our genealogical search for trips to places of ancestors?
This is a good opportunity to visit the local archives. If you went to a grandmother’s village, don’t be shy, go to the local village council, ask for registration books about birth and death, people in villages are simpler than in city archives, they will give you comprehensive information about dates of life and death, they can even tell a story sat down.
You can also chat with the old-timers of the village. The older generation will tell more than the registration magazines, because some of them may know your grandparents personally, who served whom, who your ancestors were in the village and what they did, how people treated them, what kind of deeds and deeds they remember and what stories are associated with them.
Personally, I learned from the village guards that my great-grandfather played the violin and drove the very best in the village. Since the apparatus for making moonshine was only with him, and in tsarist times it was even considered the subject of a wealthy man.
Visit local museums. There are always small museums in villages and villages at schools that will tell you about the inhabitants of the village and the very region where your distant ancestors lived. In the regional centers you can find out information about the region, in general, from what land does your family come from, what people lived and live on it, how is it rich and famous.
And finally, you can visit the local cemetery, where your ancestors are buried. Most often on the monuments you can find tombstones with mournful words, from which you can also find out what a person was like, a caring son, a loving father… You can find out the milestones of life and what religion the ancestor was, because Muslims and Jews were also buried in old Christian cemeteries. Although Jewish cemeteries often existed separately, but they were most often demolished.
If you are going on a trip to places of ancestors or just visiting relatives, this is another opportunity to fill in the gaps in family history. Take this opportunity.
Good luck in finding.