Migrations

Today was a long day, but one in which I learned a lot.

Oakland Airport Hilton, Great MigrationI started my day by driving to the Oakland Airport Hilton. This has been a day I have been looking forward to as I attended a seminar on The Great Migration: Researching 17-Century New England.

The seminar was hosted by American Ancestors and featured two well know genealogists.

Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration, Genealogy, Puritan PedigreesThe first speaker was Robert Charles Anderson who gave a talk on Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England. This is also the title of a new book of his that will be coming out later this year. I will be watching for when I can place my order as it is definitely one that I want to have in my research library.

He gave a great talk which included information on Genealogical, Social and Intellectual pedigrees.

Bishop Laud, Family Enemy, FitzWilliam MuseumHe did mention Bishop Laud who I like to refer to as the family enemy as he prompted the migration of many of my Puritan ancestors.

Worksop Priory, Worksop, Anglican, Worksop EnglandIn the afternoon Anderson gave another talk on Thirty Years of the Great Migration Study Project. In his talk he mentioned a Great Migration trip to England. After the seminar I talked to him and asked him if he visited Worksop on the trip. See my post: A Visit to Worksop Priory

Worksop Priory, Communion table, Altar, Richard BarnardWorksop is where my ancestor Richard Barnard served. Anderson said that he also got to see the table that Richard Barnard served communion from.

The Pilgrim Migration - Robert Charles Anderson - Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 - Genealogy - Thanksgiving - Great Migration StudyI had taken one of my references books along with me to use during the talks, I was not even thinking that it was by Robert Charles Anderson. However, since I had it with me I asked if he would sign it, so now I have a signed copy 🙂

The second speaker was Christopher C. Child who is the editor of the Mayflower Descendant. He gave great talks on Migrations Into and Out of New England, Ongoing Scholarship and Published Materials for Mayflower Research and Thinking Outside the Box: Breaking Down Brick Walls in Early New England.

After listening to Child’s talks I now have some great new ideas for some research projects.

I could write much more as I took a lot of notes and have so many things running through my head.

However, I will get back to processing all the material as it wanders through my mind.

Steven

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