Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: From New England to the Midwest (and Points in Between)
The expansion in America's territory between 1780 and 1840 resulted in a massive migration from New England and New York into the Midwest. As families moved across New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio they often left a scarcity of records, leaving modern-day genealogists with more than one "brickwall" to solve. This course will explore migration patterns, sources, methodologies, repositories, and other tools to "Bridge the Gap," when researching during this time period. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct personal research at the Family History Library during designated times or participate in group projects to improve their skillset and knowledge.
Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
            D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
            Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
            John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
            Craig R. Scott, CG
            Richard G. Sayre, CG
Consultations: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Historical Overview: 1780-1840 (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Five Jumpstarts: Compiled Genealogies, Tax, Church Records, Imprints, and Newspapers (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • From New England to New York (and other points) (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • The Mighty Ohio: Migration West From Pennsylvania (Elissa Scalise Powell)
  • Group Project: Overview and Introduction (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • FHL Work (Personal OR Group Project) (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Erie Canal Genealogy: The Peopling of Upstate New York and the Midwest (John Philip Colletta)
  • War of 1812 Records (Craig R. Scott)
  • Revolutionary War: Pensions and More (Craig R. Scott)
  • New York's Land Companies (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Ohio and Pennsylvania Lands (Richard G. Sayre)
  • Bounty Land: State and Federal (Craig R. Scott)
  • Military Resources: State and Local Archives (Paula Stuart-Warren)
  • Case Study: New York (Karen Green)
  • FHL Work (Personal OR Group Project)  (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Manuscript Sources, 1780-1840 (Paula Stuart-Warren)
  • Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Case Study: Pennsylvania (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Case Study: Ohio (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Group Project: Presentations and Discussion (D. Joshua Taylor)