Walking in the footsteps of your ancestors is fast becoming the latest travel trend as travellers turn tracing their family tree into a reason to travel.
The Irish government is hoping to cash in on the phenomenon, promoting ‘The Gathering 2013’ as a perfect excuse for the 70 million or so who claim Irish heritage to trace their roots (while also hopefully boosting tourism), the Irish Times reported.
The Ballymoney Museum in the UK also recently hosted ‘Route Back Home’, an international family history conference that attracted delegates from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to attend lectures and partake in field trips to the Public Record Office.
According to the Ballymoney Times, delegates from this event were able to gather fresh information about their families while developing new skills to help with their future research.
One of the delegates described the experience as “A once in a lifetime opportunity to walk the streets where my ancestors trod”.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W