How to Add Your Personality to Your Family History

Take a genealogy road trip

 

 

Think your family history is run-of-the-mill?  Of course it’s not! Today I’m going to show you how to easily save a story to add to your family’s history. This time it’s about a road trip. For me, road trips are filled with great stories – and these are the kinds of things that make a family’s history unique.

My favorite road trip was a San Diego to Montana trip that I took with my sister, Vicki. We met our friends Jim and Pam in Billings, and our goal was to visit several of the sites of the Indian Wars (post-Civil War). We hired a  guide for three days who knew the history of the area better than anyone I’ve ever met. For those days we explored some of the most famous ground of Western history, including the battle at the Little Bighorn.

If you know anything about the Custer story you may remember a famous spot called the Crow’s Nest. It was from this high vantage point that native guides tried to show Custer the huge pony herd of the Indian village that was miles away. They could see that there were far too many tribesmen gathered for Custer to attack. However, Custer couldn’t see the pony herd, even with his field glasses.

The Sunday morning we were in the area, our guide took us up to the Crow’s Nest – I’m thinking it might have been on private property – but up a VERY steep hill we went. And  from the very vantage point that Custer stood, we looked miles out into the Montana back country, trying to see if WE could have seen that herd. Maybe.

Because I’m such a history nut, I have to say that in that moment, standing on a place that’s so renowned in the history of the Indian Wars, I was gobsmacked.  The feeling was very much like when I stood at Pecos Pueblo in New Mexico, knowing that Coronado had walked the same path I did 500 years earlier.

So this adventure will become part of my family story. What will be yours?

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