Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar Focus on Migration Westward

Polly’s Family: From New England to the Plains & Beyond with Dr. David McDonald, CG

We’ll track the life of Polly Putnam Betts, a descendant of prominent New England Puritans, niece of a Revolutionary War-era loyalist from Massachusetts. Polly was born in Vermont in 1793 and died in Iowa in 1886. The wife of a veteran of the War of 1812, who moved along with her family to Ohio while “great with child,” and finally Iowa (“an aged widow”), the records available to research the family span federal, state and private resources. We’ll look at the Erie Canal’s impact on peopling the upper Midwest. Polly’s children pressed on across the Plains with grandchildren on the west coast in time for her centenary. The 19th-Century cry of “Manifest Destiny,” is viewed through the lens of the life of one woman.

Polly’s Family: From New England to the Plains & Beyond with Dr. David McDonald will be held Friday, July 8, 2022 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Each summer, the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council host a seminar to promote family history awareness and teach genealogy research skills. The event is generously supported by the Abrams Foundation in loving memory of Barbara J. Brown.
For this year’s event, we are pleased to offer this flagship annual gathering as a hybrid event. Participants can attend sessions either online or onsite. We are delighted to be hosting Dr. David McDonald, CG, for this year’s event, whose sessions will all be via Zoom.

Register Now for the 2022 Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar! Friday, July 8 – Saturday, July 9, 2022

For the complete schedule and speaker bios.
Registration Deadline July 6

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