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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
Kyle Hurst
Melanie McComb

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, Kyle Hurst

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

12:30 p.m. Lunch (included)

1:30 p.m. Lecture: Follow the Money, Melanie McComb

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

3:30 p.m. Break

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

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

5:00 p.m. Program concludes

Books and Journals
Kyle Hurst
Kyle holds a B.A. in both History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master’s certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.
Education and Programming
Melanie McComb
Eastern Canada
Areas of expertise: Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.
Hagen History Center

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