A lot of people make "bucket lists" of the places they would like to visit before they die. Yeah, I have one of those but I also want to make a "genealogical travel bucket list" -- places that I want to visit where my ancestors either lived or visited. It is not about the research here but rather to walk in their shoes or rather experience just a bit of what they saw.
So, I am starting my list and they are in no particular order. #1 is Letter, Mayo, Ireland. Letter is a townland in the parish of Islandeady in County Mayo. Last year, I visited Ireland and even got the opportunity to see the old cemetery and ruins of the old church in Islandeady. I was beyond thrilled! So, yeah, I am possibly being a little selfish here but I want a return trip. I have now located on a map the exact area where my great grandmother Bridget Chambers grew up in the townland of Letter.
I want to see the land where she lived (the above photo is of their land taken by my cousin Betsy on one of her trips there). I want to see St. Patrick's church (could there be a more perfect name for an Irish church?) where she attended Mass. As I stand on their land, I will look towards the west to view Croagh Patrick (photo below) where supposedly Saint Patrick preached and chased the snakes out of Ireland.