05 June 2014

NGS 2014 Family History Conference – Session F322 – Carolinians Settle The South

source: Early American Roads and Trails by Beverly Whitaker, MA, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gentutor/trails.html  

Another in the series on sessions I attended at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference.

F322 (R) Carolinians Settle The South, Jim Ison, AG, CG, Syllabus page 345

So many Carolinians did NOT remain in what often was their state of birth or a first stopover point upon emigration from elsewhere.  One has only to look at the 1850 census to get a sense of the scale of out-migration from North and South Carolina.

To get a flavor for North Carolina out migration, read Searching for Greener Pastures:
Out–Migration in the 1800s and 1900s By Donald R. Lennon and Fred D. Ragan (From Tar Heel Junior Historian 34 (spring 1995))

Jim emphasized the importance of understanding migration routes.  If you know/believe that your family traveled from location A to location B at a certain time, what were the options for travel?  There may have only been one major route or several.  Many families spent a generation or more “traveling” as they settled in one spot and then subsequently moved to another.  They possibly did this several times.  One of my favorite sites for migration routes (and maps) is Early American Roads and Trails by Beverly Whitaker, MA.

Understanding the dynamics of why and how people migrated can only help you as you to try to identify “where” in the Carolinas your ancestors were born!

The associated syllabus pages provide a detailed overview of out-migration from the Carolinas and in-migration to the deeper south.

Editor’s Note: This series is not presented in any particular order.
Editor’s Note: This is the last in the series presented on the sessions I attended at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference. If you would like to share some of what you learned or whom you met or your impressions of the conference, etc, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

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