2014 Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780-1840

Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780-1840

Only offered at GRIP On the Road in Orchard Lake, Michigan
(See dates.)

Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Instructors: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Karen Mauer Green, CG, and Debra Mieszala, CG

Course Description: The expansion in America’s territory between 1780 and 1840 resulted in a massive migration from New England and New York into the Midwestern states. This migration, combined with a series of political, economic, and social changes saw thousands of families move through the Mid-Atlantic States into the Midwest. As families moved across states like 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 the historical context, migration patterns, sources, methodologies, repositories, and other tools to “Bridge the Gap,” between 1780 and 1840.

Monday, 4 August 2014

8:30–9:45         Historical Overview, 1780-1840 (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        The end of the American Revolution set of a series of social,  political, and economic changes throughout the newly formed nation. This session lays a historical foundation for the week’s course.

10:15–11:30     Five Jumpstarts: Compiled Genealogies, Tax Records, Churches, Imprints, and Newspapers (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        While most genealogists have encountered these sources before, this session examines how to use each of the “five jumpstarts” to further research between 1780 and 1840.

1:00–2:15         Clues from the Mid-West (Debra Mieszala)
                        Getting from New England to the Midwest was an accomplishment. How did they do it? Why did they go? What types of records hold clues on the decisions made to leave old homes and travel to new ones? Learn about helpful resources and methods to find them and the clues they contain.

2:45–4:00         New England Catch-Up (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        New England’s records are often upheld as strong resources for any genealogists. “New England Catch-Up” will explore the key records for each New England state, as well as important repositories and other methods for research.

4:00–4:30         Course Project Introduction (Optional)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

8:30–9:45         Migration Paths from New England to the Midwest (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        Tracing the path an ancestor took from New England into the Midwest is an important step in “Bridging the Gap.” This topic will explore major migration paths from 1780 to 1840 through maps, historical context, and discussion.

10:15–11:30     Uncovering the War of 1812 (Debra Mieszala)
                        Discover records created during and after the war. Learn how and why the War of 1812 impacted lives and decisions.

1:00–2:15         Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        The resources of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are full of treasures and tidbits for nearly anyone researching in the U.S. between 1780 and 1840. This session will explore both onsite and online tools.

2:45–4:00         Bounty Land: State and Federal (Debra Mieszala)
                        Uncover bounty land records. Learn how this system and its resulting records can enhance your research.

4:00–4:30         Course Project Discussion and Question & Answer Session

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

8:30–9:45         Land Records in Pennsylvania and Ohio (Debra Mieszala)
                        Learn about the various systems of land sales and mapping that were in place in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

10:15–11:30     New York’s Land Companies (D. Joshua Taylor)
                       The many land companies of New York were responsible for selling and distributing millions of acres of “new land” to settlers looking to leave New England and other areas. This topic specifically explores the history and records of the Holland Land Company and other similar organizations.

1:00–2:15         The Erie Canal: Its History, Impact, and Records (Karen Mauer Green) 

2:45–4:00         Manuscript Sources, 1780-1840 (Paula Stuart-Warren)

4:00–4:30         Course Project Discussion and Question & Answer Session

Thursday, 7 August 2014

8:30–9:45         Case Study: Focus on New York (Karen Mauer Green)
                        Using real examples and lessons from previous sessions during the week, each case study will include lessons in applying methods shared during the week and provide the opportunity for group discussion.

10:15–11:30     Case Study: Focus on Pennsylvania (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        See above.

1:00–2:15         Case Study: New York to Ohio (Debra Mieszala)
                        See above.

2:45–4:00         Case Study: Focus on Manuscript and Unique Records (Paula Stuart-Warren)
                        See above.

4:00–4:30         Course Project Discussion and Question & Answer Session
                        See above.

Friday, 8 August 2014

8:30–9:45       Case Study: Focus on Ohio (D. Joshua Taylor)
                        See above.

10:00–11:15    Course Project Presentations and Discussion

11:15                Course Wrap-up and Certificates before Lunch