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Kevina and Lee Munnich

October 19, 2022, at 10am

Kevina and Lee Munnich gave a presentation on "Family History Tourism" on October 19, 2022 for the Family History Interest Group.  They shared information and insights about 4 different places they had visited and gained insights into their family's history.  There is also information in the Q and A at the end of the video. 

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Discovering ancestral homelands

Wed, Oct 19 2022, 10am

Event to be held via Zoom.

UMRA members Lee and Kevina Munnich will discuss how they have combined visiting the places their ancestors came from with their travels in Europe when the Family History Interest Group (FHIG) meets via Zoom from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19.

The Munnichs will give four examples: Suhl, Germany, where Lee’s great-great-grandfather Ernst Bachner came from; Bad Münster am Stein-Eberburg, Germany, where Kevina’s Leis family ancestors lived; Laerdal, Norway, where Lee’s great-grandfather Einar Lee migrated from; and Muckanagh, County Westmeath, Ireland, where Kevina’s Igoe ancestors lived.  

Lee and Kevina will share some lessons learned from these experiences and from other efforts they have made to visit their ancestors’ homelands.

The Zoom link for the meeting will be emailed to all UMRA members in early October. We hope you can join us.

Lynn Anderson, FHIG co-chair

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