The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest

Annette Burke Lyttle
Nov 29, 2023
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The Erie Canal
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Are there records?
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About this webinar

The Erie Canal revolutionized 19th-century travel and offered our ancestors a high-speed route from the eastern United States to the Midwest. It made settlement of the Old Northwest Territories economically possible by providing an efficient means of exporting agricultural products to the markets and ports of the east. But it was also one of the most challenging and fascinating projects ever undertaken in America.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the international, national, state, and local levels and loves h
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  1. RW
    Rebecca Williams
    7 months ago

    My Great Great Grandmother came to Ohio from Massachusetts to Ohio, part of the way on the Erie Canal. She wrote that she left Providence, R.I., on Monday by steamer to Albany, by railroad to Utica, by canal to Buffalo, sailed on Lake Erie to Cleveland to Norwalk, Ohio by stage, then to her new home by private carriage. Were there any other forms of transportation that she didn’t take on that journey?

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    Jean Tempke
    7 months ago

    Really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Erie Canal and available resources. I have some ancestors who lived near the canal in Schenectady. Annette is a great speaker!

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    Jan Penningon
    7 months ago

    My relatives didn’t get to United States until 1850’s but this webinar was still useful for me, as I am very ignorant about history and geography of the area and this talk has given me a better understanding of what life was like in 19th century.

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    Pat Metcalfe
    7 months ago

    A family story has my ancestors associated with the Erie Canal before moving to Baraboo Wisconsin in the 1840’s. They had been Vermont and Connecticut residents for over 100 years prior to moving to New York. This talk gave me some new ideas for my search for documentation of this family story. Thank you.

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    Rod Ellis
    7 months ago

    Wonderfully researched and great resource tips!

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    Beverly Anderson
    7 months ago

    Very interesting and informative.

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    Jennifer Broderick
    7 months ago

    I was hoping that I would find a way by canal to Minnesota but this presentation did not have that info. In spite of that Annette spoke clearly and with a myriad of sources. Photos and etchings were a plus!

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    Vickie McCubbin
    7 months ago

    So interesting, I learned so much! When I was in 4th grade many years ago, I learned a song, “15 years on the Erie Canal.” From that I learned they used mules and that is about all I knew about the canal. Thank you!

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