I’ve been working on my family history since the 90s mostly through online research and help from other family members. But that can only get you so much! So, one of the things I plan on doing once we go full time RVing is travelling to where the family used to (and sometimes still) live.
Off the top of my head, here are a few of the places I’d like to go hang out near:
- San Francisco – there is a National Archives Office here and this is where I need to spend a few days researching merchant marine ship logbooks. My grandfather, Clifford Collins, was a merchant marine. I already have his merchant marine academy records (which is where the picture above came from), but that isn’t enough to classify him as a WW2 veteran. So I have get the full story which means I need the ship’s logbooks to verify he was stationed on those ships.
- Rains, Hunt, and Goliad counties, Texas – much of my father’s family comes through texas starting in the mid 1800s. Interestingly, the Goliad county families (Horney and Fischer) originated in the Alsace Lorraine region of France.
- Crawford and Washington counties, Arkansas – much of my mother’s family (Johnson, Collins, Shannon) comes from here starting in the early 1800s. A few here fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War (one was even an officer).
- Crawford county, Pennsylvania – Seems that, on my mother’s side, we also came from Germany (my 5th great grandfather, John Matthias Flaugh/Flach came to the US in 1773 as an indentured servant). It turns out that a few of my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. John Flaugh was a private in Captain George Hubley’s company under Colonel Nikolaus Haussegger. He fought in battles at Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. He also fought against the Iroquois at Newton in Aug 1779.
There are other places to checkout; but the bulk of my family comes from these three places! I hope to spend some time at the county courthouses finding more information on all of them.