Determine what you need, and where you will find it. The more information you have before you go, the more you will gain.
Learn about the area. Use resources such as webcams and Google maps.
Make a note of what you already have. Time is money, so avoid duplication.
Contact local researchers and archives. The locals know more than you do. Usually.
Have realistic expectations. Salt Lake City is unique.
Keep your research in context. There is life outside the archives.
Geography is key! Genealogical research is impossible without it.
Things to take with you:
Transfer your work to your computer immediately
Palm or another hand-held digital assistant
Keep your family tree in your pocket
Record locations around the world
Back up your work, because you never know...
Make sure they can understand you!
Family History Library catalog on CD
Quick check might save you hours
Keep in contact wherever you go
Things NOT to take with you:
You can buy most consumer goods wherever you are going. Pack light.
Key web sites:
Google's map site
Find maps and aerial photos from around the world
Check holidays around the world
Find places around the world
Genealogy and travel
Packing for a genealogical journey
Before your trip -- Doing your homework
Preparing for a genealogical trip
How to run PAF on a flash drive
From Family Tree Magazine
Installing PAF on a flash drive
From the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group
Family trees to go
From Cloverleaf, the digital version of Family Tree Magazine
Software includes a to-go option
Family History Library catalog
Studley House, Ebberston, Yorkshire
A Bed and Breakfast with a genealogical twist
Dave Obee's links page
For more ideas
Updates? Corrections? Better examples? Send an e-mail to Dave
Updated May 17, 2009