Entering the Old Northwest Territory: The First American West

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Sep 9, 2022
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Introduction
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A Bit of History
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Ordinance of 1784
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The Ohio Company
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Land Division
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The Northwest Territory
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State Land Offices
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Modes of Travel
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First Families of Ohio
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Ohio Archives
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About this webinar

When we think of settling the West, our minds will often turn to the broad expanses of the American West that conjures up scenes of broad prairies and herds of buffalo and antelope. Such was not the case in the First American West. We also may think of the Canadian provinces of the same name. After the signing of the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, Britain ceded land that would eventually comprise the Northwest Territory. Just five years later, the first settlers would leave their homes in New England and begin their journey to the “Territory Northwest of the River Ohio”, and establish their first city – Marietta. Eventually the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota would be included.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of
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    Kathleen McGarry
    1 week ago

    Excellent presentation. So glad I found this webinar. Thank you

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    Zack Daugherty
    2 weeks ago

    Very informative. My 5th GGF settled in the Duck Creek Donation tract in 1796 and sold in 1808.

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