The bulk of my ancestors can be traced back to the east coast of Colonial America. Most arrived between 1607 and 1669 and either took up residence near where they landed or moved farther inland with each generation. They migrated all the way to the west coast. They originally came from England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, and Germany.
I have never felt the desire to travel outside the United States with the exception of Ireland. Lately, I have added England and Scotland to that very shortlist. I have, since long before I even knew what Genealogy was, always wanted to travel along the east coast. Of course, once I began to discover all the places my ancestors had lived along the coast the desire grew greater. About 25 years ago my husband and I flew to Manhattan then the next year we flew to Chicago. A couple of years later we moved to Nashville, Tennessee. At this time I really didn’t care about my ancestry. Today I am kicking myself because so many of my ancestors had lived in these areas, especially in and around Nashville.
I have traveled to many places on the west coast where some of my ancestors eventually migrated. These trips were easier since I live in Arizona and the places they lived are a short road trip away. Although there are some historic places nearby, it is nothing like on the east coast. I was lucky enough to find that there was one large family that lived about 50 miles from where I live. It was fun to see where they lived. I am still amazed to think they lived in the Arizona desert before air conditioning! The temperatures here get up to 120 degrees in the summer!
I do want to plan a trip to travel from Massachusetts down to Georgia along the coast then move inward, weaving through the Carolina’s, Virginia’s into Kentucky and Tennessee, then spend a lot of time in Missouri. I am also thinking of making a trip to Ireland. I had one planned and paid for 12 years ago but I fell and crushed my right elbow. Because of the surgeries and the medications I was having to take they would not let me fly. I will try again, that is if I can find someone to go with me. My husband won’t fly that far!
Who knows, I may one day decide to make a pilgrimage to the other places where my ancestors were born. Until then I will continue to map the east coast with all of the towns and historic places I want to visit and I look forward to the day I can begin this exciting journey!
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