Post Archives tagged ‘Geography’



Genealogy on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by
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As I was driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway last month (stopping every half mile so I didn't miss any overlooks or exhibits), I was pleased to notice that the National Park Service had incorporated genealogy into its interpretive materials! Entering the parkway in Virginia at Rockfish Gap, I discovered that the exhibits at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Farm included materials about Continue reading the story "Genealogy on the Blue Ridge Parkway"

Over the Blue

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by
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In my last post, I talked about the value of seeing the ground your ancestors walked and understanding its geography, specifically how seeing Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain helped me understand my ancestors' migration patterns. Most of my Pennsylvania German ancestors were among those who arrived in Philadelphia, moved up to the frontier along the Blue, and stayed there for several generations (although Continue reading the story "Over the Blue"

Drive-by Genealogy

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by
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The Great Wall

The "Great Wall" of Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania, photo by Joe Calzarette.

I recently returned from almost two months on the road. One of the highlights of the trip was the drive from Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania (You can see the lake in the photo of my Dad and me Continue reading the story "Drive-by Genealogy"