Visiting Your Ancestral Town

By Carolyn Schott

Columbia-Capstone, Redmond, Washington, 2010, 93 pages, softcover.


Visiting Your Ancestral Town was written by Carolyn Schott, a travel expert who started her adventures just like you: not knowing where to start or what to do. Learn from her experiences and enjoy the entertaining stories that will either inspire you to try it yourself or wisely inform you to take some other path. Either way, you'll enjoy the journey!

The chapters in the book include: 1) Why Do This?; 2) What It Will Be Like; 3) First Steps; 4) What You Need; 5) When Things Go Right; 6) When Things Go Wrong; 7) What's Next?; 8) Tools for Planning Your Trip. The book also includes a Checklist: Key items for planning your trip and Deciding how to plan your trip.

Visiting with the Kram family of Kassel (Velikokomarivka), Ukraine.
The memorial to German settlers in Hoffnungstal (Nadezhdivka), Ukraine.

About the Author

Carolyn Schott has been researching her family history for more than 13 years. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Germans from Russia Heritage Society and is a member of several other genealogy societies that coordinate research efforts for ethnic Germans to Eastern Europe. She has visited her own ancestral towns in North Dakota, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary, and Moldova. She blogs about her travels to ancestral towns (and other destinations) at www.carolynschott.com.

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