Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Your Visited States/Provinces Map

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.

For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  What states in the USA and what provinces in Canada have you visited or lived in?

2)  Either list, or make a map of them (at the http://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/us-canada.html website) and indicate the following:

*  red for states/provinces where you’ve not spent much time or seen very much.

*  amber for states/provinces  where you’ve at least slept and seen some sights.
*  blue for states/provinces  you’ve spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
*  green for states/provinces  you’ve spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.

3)  For extra credit, you could make a map to show where your ancestors resided at any time (e.g., in 1900), or perhaps where your 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 3rd-great-grandparents married, or where your ancestors were born, all with an appropriate legend.


4)  Tell us, or show us, your “Where I’ve been” map, and any other map that you created having fun tonight.  Put them in your own blog post, on Facebook or Google+, and leave a comment on this blog post so that we all see them.

Since I’ve lived in Victoria, Australia all my life, and I’ve never visited the United States or Canada, and my ancestors either came from Australia or Europe, I decided to create a map of all the relatives I have found while researching my family that lived in the United States and Canada.

Where my family have lived
States/Provinces where my family have lived

To do this, I used the Places section on the family history section of my website, using the number of locations within each state/province as a guide – this didn’t tell me how many individuals lived, died or married in these states/provinces, it’s just a rough estimation

Place list Canada

Place list USA
List of places in USA & Canada in my family tree

The following is a map of the states in Australia that I’ve visited.  I have been to Brisbane in Queensland on a number of occasions as two of my sisters have lived there, I’ve stayed in Sydney in New South Wales a couple of times for a few nights each time, and I’ve spent some time in Adelaide in South Australia– about a week on my honeymoon, and then again for about a week a few years later.  I’ve lived in Victoria all my life. (I used a plain map from http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/maps/digital/outline-maps/, and then used Paint to add the colours for the states I’ve visited).

where I've been
States I’ve visited and lived in

Since my ancestors after arriving in Australia have all lived in Victoria (although a few spent some time in different states to begin with), I’ve decided to focus on where our (mine and my ex-husband’s) ancestors came from.  I already had these statistics when I did Our Immigrant Ancestors post

Where did our ancestors come from? Twenty-three from England, eleven from Scotland, ten from Ireland, two from Germany, one from Denmark, one from Netherlands, one from Sweden, one from Wales.

Where we came from
Countries we came from

I’ve decided to expand it to show which counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland our ancestors came from.

Row Labels Count of Name
England 23
Cambridgeshire 5
Cumberland 2
Devonshire 1
London 2
Northamptonshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Somerset 4
Warwickshire 2
Wiltshire 1
Yorkshire 3
Ireland 10
Carlow 2
Cork 4
Dublin 1
Kerry 3
Scotland 11
Angusshire 1
Ayrshire 1
Berwickshire 3
Caithness 3
Fifeshire 2
Perthshire 1
Wales 1
Breconshire 1
Grand Total 45
UK Counties
Where our family came from – UK & Ireland  Counties

I would have liked to show this information in a map, but I couldn’t find one that would suit this purpose (UK & Ireland counties are a lot smaller than US and Australian states!).

In some cases, where my ancestors “came from” should actually be two locations – for example William John Reeves was born in Plymouth (East Stonehouse to be precise), but his family also spent some time at Shepton Mallet in Somerset.  The Kerr family lived on the border of Berwickshire (Scotland) and Northumberland (England), so on some census returns they were in Berwickshire, and on others in Northumberland.  I actually have one of these ancestors down as from Berwickshire, but she was born in Northumberland.  Thomas Doyle was born in Dublin, Ireland, but he married Catherine Mills in Warwickshire, and that’s where their children were born before they migrated to Australia.

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