This summer is easily ranked as one of my best summers ever! Along with some incredible trips and quality family time, I snuck in some genealogy moments.
My first adventure was driving across country with my dad. We took the Southern route from California to Virginia. Highlights on this trip included the Grand Canyon, Petrified Natural Forest, adding three new states (I have only 1 more to visit before seeing all 50) and Bristol Motor Speedway. The best moments occurred in the last 24 hours of our week-long trip. We pulled off the freeway as we crossed the Tennessee border into Virginia and visited the grave of my 6th great-grandfather, Moses McSpadden. The next morning I had an incredible visit to the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia. I cannot wait to make a trip back to do more research there.
My next adventure began when we arrived at my parents house. My husband and kids flew in and joined to fun. After a week of fun, hubby flew home. The kids and I stayed to play another couple of weeks on the river. My parents are the best and agreed to watch the kids one day so I could spend a day researching at the National Archives in Washington, DC. I was a maniac and took almost 300 photos. Each photo equals a page in a pension or land sale document.
My last great adventure was a trip to Europe. We did a week of vacation in France with the family before heading to Switzerland for the hubby to work. The work I have done on my Strickler line has led to Abraham Strickler who came to the United States in the late 1720’s. Work I have found from other researchers points to my Abraham being related to the Stricklers who lived on the shore of Lake Zürich. I have not had time to follow-up this research but I looks credible. Several of our days were spent in Zürich, so one day the kids and I took a ferry ride down the lake to see what Horgen looks like. Today, the whole lake is surrounded by towns with homes that crawl up the hillsides from lake level. It was fun to watch and imagine what it must have looked like 300 years ago when it was all farm land.
I will write some follow-up blogs posts with more information about each genealogy adventure I had this summer!