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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.