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A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, 1750-1800

William Dollarhide and Family Root Publishing have already release two more, brand new Genealogists’ Insta-Guides. Just three weeks ago I reviewed the first publication in this new series: A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750. Now, two more great titles are available. In this review, I will explore A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, […]

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The Expansion of New England

For 2012, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has republished The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865. Lois Mathews wrote and originally published this history in 1909. Many of today’s historians and genealogists have overlooked this valuable history. However, NEHGS recognized the value […]

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An Atlas of Trails West of the Mississippi River

I don’t know why but, ever since I was a child I have loved maps. If pushed, I could probably psychoanalyze the reason maps interest me so; however, I prefer to stay naive on the issue and simply continue to enjoy maps as though they are works of art. It may just be this love […]

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Mormon Gold

Few people are aware it was the job foreman and half-a-dozen Mormons who first discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Even fewer are aware of the overall presence and contribution Mormons made during the gold rush years. The Mormon people had been in Salt Lake for less than a year when Gold was […]

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findmypast.co.uk Becomes Headline Sponsor for “Exodus: Movement of the People,” a Major Family History Conference in Leicestershire

The Halsted Trust is delighted to announce that findmypast.co.uk have agreed to sponsor their forthcoming conference on migration, to, from and within the British Isles “Exodus: Movement of the People” will take place from the 6th to 8th September 2013 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. This major residential conference will give the genealogy […]

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Mormon Migration Index Website Has Been Revised

A FamilySearch blog provides the details. Here is an excerpt: Mormon Migration Index Give you More Than Ever Before If you have Mormon ancestors who crossed the ocean to join the Saints in America, you may have heard of the Mormon Migration website. In the past, folks have come to this website to find voyage […]

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Get On Board the Great Valley Road

The following article was written by my friend, William Dollarhide: Note: Any old wagon roads identified here in bold type are shown graphically on the map below. If you had ancestors who went from the Chesapeake to the interior of North Carolina in the middle 1700s; or if you had ancestors who arrived in America […]

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Getting Stumped on Zane’s Trace

The following article was written by my friend, Bill Dollarhide: Do your ancestors have you stumped? Well, it could be that some of your ancestors were stumped too — on Zane’s Trace. Here is a bit of history on the earliest wagon roads your ancestors used to travel to their new lands in the Ohio […]

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Finding American Arrival Records for Your Ancestors

For all the disagreement we hear today about immigration from Mexico and Asia, migration issue have been argued from one corner of this country to the other for well over a hundred years. Between 1880 and 1890 the foreign-born population was twice that of the native population. Most of the new immigrants came from Europe. […]

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A Look at Some Central & South American Records at FamilySearch

In our discussions on research topics, we so often spend a great deal of time focusing on our ancestors who have come to the United States from the East or the West. But what about those who came from the South? Fortunately, FamilySearch has not forgotten about them. While availability of European and U.S. records […]

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North Carolina Migration Patterns

Dee Gibson-Roles wrote a two-part series for the Ashville Citizen-Times that deals with North Carolina migration patterns. I found it very informative. The following links with take you to the newspaper’s website: Trace Ancestors with migration patterns – January 10, 2011 Historic events shifted families into, out of Western North Carolina.

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Photos of Delaware’s Jackson & Sharp Company Trains Being Exhibited & Planned to Go Online at the Delaware Public Archives Website.

The following excerpt is from the January 4, 2011 edition of the Milford Beacon: Dover, Del. — From Hawaii to Germany to Delaware, railroad enthusiasts everywhere clamor for photos of Jackson and Sharp Company trains. The Delaware Public Archives is the keeper of 4,000 of those images, drawings and documents, and is putting a chunk […]

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The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories

There’s a fascinating new art display opening on the 22nd at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Over 60 paintings and sculptures will portray the part played by those of color in the American West. Following is an excerpt from an article by Errin Haines in the March 13, 2009 edition of the […]

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“We Shall Not Stay Long” – The Story of Swiss-Italian Migrations

swissinfo has launched an interactive, multimedia special [website] aimed at people whose ancestors left Italian-speaking Switzerland for a better life abroad. The second half of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th was a period of great upheaval as millions of Europeans migrated to North and South America and Australia. Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland […]

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Madam Knight on the Boston Post Road in 1704

My article in the Heritage Quest Magazine #109, “Locating Colonial Wagon Roads on a Modern Map,” describes the first wagon roads in America. A sidebar to the article describes the first known written account by someone traveling the Boston Post Road, a journal kept by an intrepid woman who made the trip on horseback: In […]

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