Direct Your Letters to San Jose: Following Ancestors’ Migration Trails

David W. Jackson
Aug 31, 2022
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Speaker's Introduction
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Going West
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Arrival in California
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About this webinar

U.S. Migration patterns trended from the east to west coasts as Manifest Destiny played out in our American ancestors’ lives. Did they write letters? Yes, they did. Did they keep a diary? Likely. But, have those documents survived, and if so where might they be located? Follow through historical documents the 100+year Westward Migration of one family who created, saved, and handed down pertinent historical documents pinpointing their migration from Kentucky to Illinois in the early 1830s, chronicled an overland journey to the California Gold Rush 20 years later in 1850, then later emigrated from Illinois to Kansas in the early days of the Civil War. Discover what brought one descendant to Kansas City, Missouri, after World War II. Where’s their next stop? This case study is studded with potential research avenues for any genealogist, anthropologist, archivist, cartographer, or automobile enthusiast.

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About the speaker

David W. Jackson began genealogy in 1980 at age 11. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University. He enjoyed a 20+year career as a local historian and archivist for nonprofit historical o
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  1. DR
    Dawn Rossi
    1 year ago

    It was so great to hear your voice! This was very informative and interesting!

  2. FU
    Fran Ussery
    1 year ago

    Learned so much!

  3. CB
    Crystal Barth
    1 year ago

    Excellent…. very informative

  4. WB
    Wanda Bower
    1 year ago

    I had thought about not watching this webinar because when my ancestors reached Pennsylvania, they just plopped down and stayed there until more modern generations. But this webinar was interesting all the way through. I appreciate and enjoyed the historical corrections about how those who traveled west actually traveled.

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    Elsie Deatherage
    1 year ago

    I am very interested in visiting the research library at the trails center in Independence. I’ve been there but was not aware that there was a research library.

  6. PD
    Patricia Diane Godinez
    1 year ago

    I thought the whole presentation was very interesting. I liked the visuals. I enjoy history and especially stories about real people. The Campbell brothers seemed to be excellent role models for future generations. I liked hearing about Jack and seeing the math worked out, to know if the Campbells indeed got money from their time in the gold fields.

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    Cyndy Bray
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    Ginger Goodell
    1 year ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Mr. Jackson’s presentation. I’ll be recommending it to my fellow genealogists who missed it.


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