Tens of millions of Americans have signed up to research their genealogy on websites such as Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com, or purchased DNA testing kits through companies like 23andme. As a nation of immigrants, we want to know where we’re from.
Now, we not only want to know our country of origin, we want to explore it, too. Professional genealogists are seeing a rise in heritage tourism.
“We’ve had more and more people asking us to assist them in preparing for trips back to their ancestral homes,’’ said Alice Kane, consultations manager at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. “People are contacting us to help them with research, so they’re prepared when they travel overseas. One of the things we tell them is to plan a few months in advance so they have time to do the research and make the most out of their trip.’’