Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Ultimate Family History Trip

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - If you won...

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) If you won the grand prize in the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes of $20,000 for genealogy travel to places of your choice, where would you go, and what would you do?

2) Tell us of your dream genealogy trip using the prize money in a blog post of your own


I have not done a lot of posting the last few weeks, been very busy at work, so getting away on a Family History Trip would be wonderful. I have been to the place of birth of three of my four grandparents, so the ultimate trip would be to the birthplace of my grandfather Anton Mikkel Hansen (this Blog uses his middle name) in Humble parish, on the island of Laangeland in Svendborg county, Denmark. This is located in the southern part of that island and just east of the main peninsula Jutland of Denmark. My grandfather and his father Hans Mikkelsen were both born in that parish as were Anton's 9 siblings, his mother Karen Jorgensen and grandfather Mikkel Madsen were both born in parishes close to the Humble parish. Not sure how much this would cost, but I expect I would have enough left to check out the area in England where my grandmother's Dillinghams were from in Leicestershire, and then stop in Cape Cod where the Dillingham's settled in 1630, and then moved north to Oxford County in Maine where they stayed till after the Civil War. After all that I might switch to my moms family and wander down the Hudson River in New York and head south to North Carolina, west to Tennessee and finally end up in Trenton Missouri where my mom and her father was born. If I had some money left I might follow the route my Kelly bible took. It says it traveled over the prairie to California in 1862 to Danville California, stayed there till 1865, then down the Sacramento River to San Francisco, a ship to Panama, across the isthmus and then up the east coast to New York and then back to Ursa, Illinois to the farm. Maybe then I could find the parents of Thomas Kelly.

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