Spotlight on Courses: Bridging the Gap – Migration and Early Records

For the sixth course being offered in July at GRIP, D. Joshua Taylor is coordinating “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest.” This is one course that speaks to many of us whether we lost our ancestors in the “census stick man” years (1790 to 1840 censuses only had counts of people in a household, many of them looking like sticks), or whether we lost them through migration. This course will give major reasons and time periods that people migrated and strategies and records for locating your ancestors on the move. For more information see the course schedule for a detailed look at topics and descriptions

Bridging the Gap
by D. Joshua Taylor

Many genealogists become stuck in the “gap” between 1780 and 1840 when tracing families from New England to the Midwest. This unique course combines strategies for research in states between New England and the Midwest (including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and others) within the historical backdrop of the United States between 1780 and 1840. Course topics combine major record types with methodologies, such as migration, military service, and tracing land records.

How much experience do you need? Enough to know you are stuck! Throughout the week you will have opportunities to engage in class discussions, share your own research problems and develop potential ways to overcome your personal gap. Several of the course’s activities are designed to solicit – and encourage – ideas from students. To ensure you are “ready to research” after the course, the optional project provides the chance to build a research plan encompassing methods and records covered during the week.

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