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Tracing Ancestors on the Move

A Great Lakes Gathering at Erie, Pennsylvania
In Person
August 12, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Includes five lectures and two meals
Hagen History Center, 356 W. 6th St. Erie, PA 16507

Join our experts at the Hagen History Center in Erie, Pennsylvania!

Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedoms, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors, however, are notoriously difficult to research. We might have an ancestor in our sights and then—poof!—they’re gone; or we may have an ancestor for whom we have no idea of where they came from. This one-day seminar will give you the context and motivations behind migrations across America from the 17th to 20th centuries, offer strategies for discovering ancestral origins and future movements, discuss go-to records, and provide tools to help track your family on the move.

10:00 a.m. Check in, breakfast (included)

10:25 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

10:30 a.m. Lecture: Colonial Migrations in the Northeast

11:30 a.m. Lecture: Westward Migration, 1783-1900

12:30 p.m. Lunch (included)

1:30 p.m. Lecture: Follow the Money

2:30 p.m. Lecture: Strategies for Tracking Migrating Ancestors

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Demonstration: Mapping Ancestors on the Move

4:30 p.m. Extended Q&A; door prize winner announced

5:00 p.m. Program concludes

Hagen History Center

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