Learning How to Find Your Ancestors Migration Routes

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My maternal ancestors came from various points in Colonial America to Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Many probably used the Erie Canal (opening in 1825) in New York State for part of their travels. Others came by overland routes across Pennsylvania. Needless to say, I am always interested in learning more about migration routes.

Such an opportunity to learn more about migration routes throughout America is coming up next month at Western Reserve Historical Society. Here are the details:

Saturday, February 7, 2015: “Where Did They Go?” Finding Your Family’s Migration Routes

This three-hour class will be held in the Hassler Room of the Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library. It is sponsored by the Genealogical Committee, an auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Not all families settled down and never moved. If your research hits a dead end, get it back on the road by considering migratory patterns. Sunny Morton, OGS editor, author, blogger, researcher and Genealogical Committee member will present a fact-filled class to help you understand and to follow your family’s migration path. A variety of resources and techniques may help you to connect the dots to trails, roads, highways traveled by your ancestors to other states and other cities.

The class will begin at noon and continue to 3 pm. There will be time after the class to do research in the WRHS Library, accessing books and other printed materials, and several online databases. You may bring a laptop or tablet computer and use it in the class. The Library has Wi-Fi.

A fee of $15 pays for a packet of course materials, tips, and other information. Registration is requested in advance. Register online by going to http://www.wrhs.org/upcoming-events/ and clicking on the event you are interested in. Or send an email to foxreinhardt@usa.net and pay your fee at the door. You may also print this email and fill in the form below and send it by postal mail with your check to:

Genealogical Committee

Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Boulevard

Cleveland, OH 44106.

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This is one of several classes being offered by the Genealogical Committee at WRHS during the first half of 2015. The schedule of classes got off to a fast start last Saturday (January 10) with a class for beginning genealogical and family history researchers. Thirty-one students showed up for that class. Needless to say, the Gen Committee members were very gratified. Most of the students stayed aftewords to do some research in the Library using the new computer workstations and online research databases. Ann Sindelar, reference supervisor for the Library, also conducted tours of the Library to acquaint students with the resources that are available.

I definitely am signing up for the upcoming class on migration. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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