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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course United States Migration Patterns  by Beverly Whitaker, CG. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Recommended Websites for US Migrations

Trails West into the North
Includes the Lewis & Clark Expedition

U.S. Westward Migration, 1775-1860 Map

Along the Old Federal Road - Genealogical Pointers (10-31-06)
“Getting Stumped on Zane’s Trace: A Sage of Westward Migration” by William Dollarhide

Texas A&M University - Nueva España: Nuevas Philipinas--Provincia de Tejas
Texas Independence—Sons of Dewitt Colony Texas

Magellan’s Log
The Natchez Trace: A Wilderness Highway, by Pedkop Bambera

History Magazine - The National Road

Pioneer Migration Routes Through Ohio

Western Migration Routes

The Trail of Tears: The Exodus of the Cherokee to the West

Trail of Tears Association

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Early Roads and Routes in Alabama - Chicago Road
Michigan Historical Marker Web Site

Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office

North American Canals

National Park Service - Lewis and Clark Trail

National Park Service - Natchez Trace

Cyndi’s List - Railroads


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course United States: Migration Patterns offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website at We can be contacted at

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.