Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tracing Your Ancestors On The Overland Trails

Emigration across the United States in the mid-1800s saw thousands traveling the various trails: Mormon, Oregon, California, Overland, Santa Fe, etc.

If they traveled during the decade years (1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880), they weren't always available to be involved in the Census Records. Thus, we find a gap in the lives of our ancestors.

Fortunately, there are genealogists and volunteers that are still researching and transcribing available wagon train lists of those who rode/walked the trails.

One such website lists those who walked the Mormon Trail and can be accessed at https://history.lds.org/overlandtravel

Should you discover one of your ancestors on this site, you will also find any information that the Church had regarding them: birth date, death date, age when they started the trip, company they traveled with, position they may have held in the company, date of departure and arrival, and information regarding the company leader.

(Photo: Milo Andrus in 1890 of the Milo Andrus Company, who left Florence (Omaha), Nebraska 1861)

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