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Research: U.S. Midwestern States Ancestors
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This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of some of the historical events that occurred in each state, especially events that shaped the state’s history, boundaries, laws, records and other items. The states included in this course were all part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which were: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each state is unique in its geographical formation, social attitudes, political structure, ethnicity, industry and historical records. The modules included are aimed at giving researchers information to aid understanding of these states individually and to provide tools for researching family history, not only in terms of the individual, but also in their broader social context.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction to Midwestern States Research
 
Bibliography & Resources for Further Study
• Bibliography for All States
 
Arkansas
Websites
 
Early History & Important Events
• Native Americans & Early Explorers
• Arkansas Post
• Native American Removal
• Slavery & the Missouri Compromise
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Arkansas Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry & Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
• War of 1812 (1812-1815)
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
• Case Study - George Pickney Blythe
 

Module 2
Oklahoma
Websites
 
Early History & Important Events
• The Dawes Act, Land Rush & “Sooners”
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Oklahoma Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
• Case Study - Peter Rogalsky
 

Module 3
Iowa
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• The Black Hawk Purchase
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Iowa Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
 
Major Transportation Routes
• River and Rail
 
Wars and Military Records
• Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
• War of 1812 (1812-1815)
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Archives and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
• Case Study - Lizzie Carhart
 

Module 4
Missouri
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• Louisiana Purchase and Early Missouri
• Territorial Boundary Changes
• Mormons in Missouri
• Slavery and the Civil War
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Missouri Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
• War of 1812 (1812-1815)
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Wooldridge
 

Module 5
Nebraska
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• The Missouri Company
• Territorial Boundary Changes
• Railroads
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Nebraska Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Revolutionary War (1775-1783) & War of 1812 (1812-1815)
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Kansas
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• Native Americans & Indian Territory
• Kansas-Nebraska Act and “Bleeding Kansas”
• Civil War
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• Kansas Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 6
North Dakota
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• Native Americans
• Dakota Territory
• Railroads
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
North Dakota Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
• Germans from Russia
 
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
South Dakota
Websites
 
Early History and Important Events
• Wounded Knee Massacre
• Mining
• Timeline
 
Government Structure
• South Dakota Counties
 
Court Records
Immigration Trends
Major Industry and Agriculture
Land, Maps and Taxes
Major Transportation Routes
 
Wars and Military Records
• Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
• Civil War (1861-1865)
• Spanish-American War (1898)
• World War I (1917-1918)
• World War II (1941-1945)
 
Vital Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids and Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
 

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