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explore Time Travel You might be surprised by what you find when you dig through your family's roots. by Ivy Lamb ★ My father and I are barreling along English country lanes barely wide enough to fit our rental car. Dad drives while I grip the passenger seat and shout things like, "Watch out for that hedge!" Neither one of us has ever driven on the left side of the road before, but we're determined. Our destination: Corton Denham, the village in southwest England where my great-great-greatgrandfather Job Lamb was born in 1826. He lived there with his parents and six siblings until the 1840s, when the whole family immigrated to Canada to take up farming. In a letter addressed to the local lord who sponsored the family's emigration, Job's father George is described as "the poor shoemaker who lives above the churchyard." When the family left behind the only home they'd ever known, we can only imagine they were searching for a better life in Canada. When you start researching your roots, be prepared for surprises. My family is all about being Diversions Pursuits of Pleasure Irish. My grandfather was a Notre Dame alumnus and die-hard fan, and my cousins begged to have their hair permed for Irish step dancing. My grandparents even showed off Galway vacation photos, where they'd posed in front of pubs with "Lamb" signs on them. This claim to an Irish heritage wasn't baseless - I have two Irish grandmothers on my dad's side. But it turns out that our surname is thoroughly English. Records of our ancestors in Corton Denham reach all the way back to the early 1600s. Learning about our strong English streak was a little deflating because it doesn't match family lore. But we've come to England to understand this part of our heritage - the part no one boasted about. We arrive, mud-splattered and weary, at the Queens Arms, a 19th-century inn and pub in the heart of the village. The pub's roaring fire wards off the early spring chill, and a couple of pints help us recover from the drive. The next morning, I look out my window and see emerald green fields neatly bordered by hedges and dotted with the occasional oak or poplar. Rolling hills disappear into the horizon illustration by sarah hanson DECEmbEr 2013 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - December 2013

Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Vacation Memories
Hub Crawl: Miami International Airport
Wine & Dine: Holiday Fizz
Diversions: Going Whole Hog
Diversions: Time Travel
Style Spotlight: Holiday Bling
Adventure: North Carolina's High Country
Adventure: Arizona Story
Adventure: Sled Dog Racing
Gear Up: Stocking Stuffers
Great Escapes: Charleston Place Hotel
Great Escapes: Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC
Travel Feature: Costa Rica
US Airways: Tower Talk
Celebrate Tucson, AZ
Health Matters: Miami Foot and Ankle Surgery
Charlotte, USA
Must Read: I Got Schooled
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - December 2013