Thursday, July 21, 2016


The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America

  • Date:  Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • Time:  7:00 PM Central

  • Cari Taplin photo
    Cari Taplin, CG
  • Description: This session will examine the rich history of the Great Lakes region, particularly its role in U.S. expansion through transportation, economic growth and defense. We will look at the geography of the Great Lakes and regional influences such as Native Americans in the area, commerce, and shipping routes. The program will examine routes into and out of the Great Lakes such as the Erie Canal and railroad lines, and the major ethnic groups that traveled through the region including immigrants from the British Isles, Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe. The roles that the lakes played in war and defense during the “Sixty Years’ War” will be discussed. The session concludes with a survey of records useful for tracing Great Lakes ancestors including census, naturalization, homestead, passenger lists, and border crossings records.

  • Presenter: Cari Taplin, CG, is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least the stories her grandparents told her as a child said so. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio now living near Austin, Texas.

Cost: Free!

To register:

Please note:
Registering does not guarantee entrance to the webinar, in which space may be limited. Arrive early. 

A recording of this webinar will be posted on the MnGS website, for members only. 

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