#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Place (#Genealogy)

This week’s prompt has been a tough one. Of course, I first asked myself if I had a favorite physical place. Maybe because I moved around so much as a Navy brat, and my family also traveled a lot for recreation, I’m not sure I have a favorite place.

I sure wish I could go back to my maternal grandparents’ house on East Bay in Midway, Santa Rosa County, Florida. The house has been gone since Hurricane Ivan heavily damaged it in 2007. My grandparents have been gone even longer, since the late ’90s.

Our property in Beulah looking up the driveway to the road. (Photo copyright 2017, Auriette Lindsey)
Our property in Beulah looking up the driveway to the road.

The house where my paternal grandparents lived in Beulah, Escambia County, Florida, is now a Gulf Power substation. My husband and I own part of the property that my grandparents once owned, and at one time, we thought of building our dream home there. Alas, a major corporation opened a campus about a mile down the road, and the traffic out there is a nightmare. It’s about to get worse as the former Navy airfield across the road is going to be developed into housing/retail/industrial and everything else they can cram in.

I really love the scenery out West. Maybe because I grew up mostly along the East Coast, the desert is particularly beautiful to me. I lived in San Diego when I was about 3 years old, but I don’t really remember anything. In 1987, my mom and I took a road trip to Los Angeles, so I could attend a “Star Wars” convention, and that’s when I fell in love with Arizona and New Mexico. The Grand Canyon was awe-inspiring. The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City was very cool. I briefly looked into moving out there, perhaps to the Flagstaff area, but then life took me in another direction.

When I was 4-5 years old, we lived in Dunoon, Scotland. Sometimes a sheep would stray into our back yard, and it was cold a lot of the time. I don’t think I would do well up there, although I would like to go for a visit.

In 2008, my husband and I took a vacation to England. We visited London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. We both really liked it there, especially the food, but I’m not sure it’s in the cards to emigrate to another country.

Hmmm, maybe I should focus on a few favorite places (online) for genealogical research:

Newspapers.com: Because they have newspapers from Pensacola, Florida, and from nearby Baldwin County, Alabama, where I have a lot of recent ancestors, that has become a go-to place for research.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: This is a fabulous site for determining when county lines changed. One family group of mine lived in three different counties and never moved an inch!

FamilySearch: For me, it’s the easiest family tree site to turn to when I’m trying to figure out, for example, how a DNA match is connected to me. Yes, having a shared tree can be challenging, especially when people with different levels of genealogical experience are involved, but overall, the tree is easy to use. They have millions of pages of records indexed, and I have barely scratched the service of going page-by-page through the unindexed records.

So there you have it, some favorite physical places and some favorite online research sites. This post was prompted by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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2 Responses to #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Place (#Genealogy)

  1. Barb LaFara says:

    I wish I had thought of writing about favorite places online… Thanks for sharing.

    • Taminar says:

      Barb, I think I got the idea of including that from someone else’s post online. Thanks for stopping by to read the post, and for leaving a comment.

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