OK, so this one is a little late, but better late than never. I was at SLIG last week and I took Researching the South with J Mark Lowe which was great fun and very educational! More to come on that later in the week.
This map from Visited States Map Generator has popped up in my Facebook feed multiple times, so I had to make one. It’s a map! Who could resist?
Green — I’ve lived there
Blue — I’ve spent significant time there
Orange — I’ve spent at least a night there, most likely more
Red (or is that pink?) I’ve at least driven through and experienced the state
White — Never been. Alaska should be there as well. And I need to get to the Northeast corner of the country. How have they not been on my travel schedule?
I thought it might be interesting to build the map from a genealogy point of view. My ancestors once they arrived in this country, mostly in the 1700’s, were not very migratory. So my map is fairly blank.
But here are the color codes that I used:
Blue — My paternal ancestors
Green — My maternal ancestors
Orange – Both paternal and maternal ancestors
Red — Places where a lot of descendants of my ancestors migrated to, not including my director ancestors
From my research my maternal side came came into the country from South Carolina and migrated over time into North Carolina. My paternal side seems to have come in through Pennsylvania and migrated down into Virginia and North Carolina. I believe some of them came into Virginia ports as well. But that is just a suspicion.
I would love to seem maps from people who have families who were wanderers. Play around on Visited States Map Generator and see what you come up with.