As I continue the movement of European Ancestors material, I read this article by Russell Shorto, who is an American author, historian and journalist.
It was an interesting and fascinating account of researching roots in Sicily. The New York Times published the article in the travel section on 16th August 2013.
What I like about the article is this “connection” with the “homeland” and the feeling of “just do it”, reach out to folk in the Sicilian village and see what happens, who you can connect with.
In rural communities especially, there eventually comes a time when links to the original town are lost. Those who migrated have moved on, literally and figuratively. The connection between the older and younger generations widen, and each does not know of the other’s existence. Italians are not known for their interest in genealogy, but once you head back to the original village then there is likely a warm welcome.