Western Migration

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail

 

The great western migration is a part of our history that cannot be matched or repeated. It was so different and most considered it wild and reckless to head west.

 

Tracing ancestors who went west can be fun, yet tricky. People went west with the hope of striking it rich, but soon found discovered that gold was not just lying around to be picked up. When this happened they often turned to jobs they never thought they would never do, like mining, herding cattle, or becoming a soiled dove.

 

Many followed the mining circuit or the cattle trails, which makes it both easy and hard to find someone. Easy because one can quickly follow the mining boom around the U.S., but hard because a person who moved with the boom or trails barely left a hint they were there.

 

We specialize in tracing pioneers who headed west from Europe or the East Coast. If your ancestor headed west, then let us help you follow their trail and see where they settled.

 

Western prospector