Illinois Migration Routes

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Value of Migration Research

Mountains, forests, waterways, and the gaps between them channeled migration into predictable settlement patterns. Events like gold or land rushes, and Indian treaties also affected settlement.

Understanding the transportation systems available to ancestors can help genealogists better guess their place of origin. Connect the place where an ancestor settled to the nearby canals,waterways, trails, roads, and railroads to look for connections to places they may have lived previously.

Migration research may help you discover:

  • a place of origin, previous hometown, or place where an ancestor settled
  • biographical details such as what they experienced, or with whom they traveled on their journey
  • clues for finding other records

See also Gotoarrow.png Illinois Emigration and Immigration

Migration Routes

Canals

Rivers and Lakes

Trails and Highways

Railways

SEE ALSO Illinois Emigration and Immigration

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