Genealogical geography and the generational migration of Europeans to America

Authored by: Samuel M. Otterstrom , Brian E. Bunker

The Routledge Companion to Spatial History

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138860148
eBook ISBN: 9781315099781
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315099781-4

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Abstract

Each year thousands of people research their ancestral linkages to reveal their family trees. Those efforts often yield surprising discoveries, expanding the temporal and spatial extent of personal connections with past people and places. Alex Haley’s popular novel Roots 1 generated tremendous interest in personal history. The vast genealogical resources available on the internet confirm the increasing and enduring following of this open-ended activity. One can never ‘finish’ building one’s family tree. 2

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