Who am I? Where did I come from? Where do I go to find out? Genealogy, the Internet, and tourism

Part of : Tourismos : an international multidiciplinary journal of tourism ; Vol.3, No.2, 2008, pages 35-56

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Research papers
Genealogists seek to answer the questions: Who am I? Where did I come from?Who were my ancestors? For answers, genealogists today use the Internet.However, genealogists still need to travel. Genealogy related tourism involvescovering distances, studying places, and learning while traveling, whilesatisfying personal needs.Major questions of interest that this study researched were: Who aregenealogists? What are their travel patterns and motivations? How has theInternet impacted their travel?A total of 1,374 respondents completed Internet based surveys. Respondents weresubscribers to genealogy focused e-mail lists. The average respondent wascollege educated, “working on genealogy” for six to ten years, and had travelled200 to 299 miles for a genealogy related trip. Over 75% planned to travel out-ofstatein the coming year by car. Males and older people spent more money ontravel. The majority of the respondents indicated that the Internet had increasedtheir travel, and that they had used the Internet for travel arrangements.
Subject (LC):
genealogy, tourism, internet, travel motivations, travel patterns
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