Pack Your Suitcase Just Yet
Chances are that at some point in your research you'll find yourself
working in an area of the world that is more than a short drive from
home for you. If you are like most genealogists, you'll seek help for
understanding what resources are available for that part of the world
through magazine articles, informative books, and perhaps even the
personal experiences of other genealogists.
Increasingly, the Internet can also enable you to investigate a location
of interest without stirring from your computer chair. Informative Web
sites offer the chance to learn about a region's or a country's history,
culture, and resources -- essentially, to do background research
before you actually invest in a voyage to its primary genealogical sources.
In the lesson that follows, I have chosen a specific location to use as a
demonstration; although some of the Web sites listed are specific to that
location, you can easily adapt the ideas to work for your own locations
of interest. Note that this research technique also works for areas
within your country -- either a town in the next county or across the
country. Using armchair travel research doesn't necessarily apply only
to foreign research!