Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestors Trans-Continental Travel (not by Airplane)

It once again is time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

I recognize this week’s challenge because I am a member of NEHGS and remember this survey:

1)  Each week, The Weekly Genealogist (published by NEHGS) asks a survey question, and readers respond to the question, usually just selecting one of the answer options, and sometimes with paragraphs of information.  Reader Janice Sellers suggested using this week’s question.

2)  On 24 July, the question was:  Have you or any of your ancestors traveled across the United States by car, train, wagon, or some other form of transportation that was not an airplane? (You can decide what constitutes a cross-country trip but since the distance from the east coast to the west coast ranges from 2,500 to 3,500 miles, depending on the route, we suggest it should be at least 1,500 miles. Canadian cross-country trips also count.)

3)  Answer the question above in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

This question was quite easy, as I know of no ancestors who crossed the continental United States. In fact, except for my grandparents who moved from Maine to New Jersey to Massachusetts, most of my maternal ancestors remained in New England for many generations. My paternal lines crossed the Atlantic Ocean when they left Slovakia for America in the 1880s.

However, I have crossed the United States twice. About 20 years ago, we drove from California to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina and back home to California for our summer vacation.

I’ve also taken a cruise that left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and made a full transit through the Panama Canal, and we disembarked in Los Angeles. That trip was a few years ago.

Thank you to both Janice Sellers and Randy for this week’s challenge.

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