By Penn Smith
Last updated 2011-02-17
You've got an immediate connection between members of your family going back, and the events that were happening at the time. I've managed to find a paper trail for my family back to about 1603, which was the time of the Union of the Crowns. They were on the borders, of course, between England and Scotland so that was very relevant to them.
I feel I have a direct connection with that period. I had family that were living then. I know where they were living. I've visited the places where they were living. And so, there's a real sense of history when you set foot on a place where things historically have happened - but you also have that direct personal connection with it.
It takes you back in time. It transports you to a different era.
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