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Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts - Digital Download

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Learn about the manuscript collection of Lyman Draper which include gleanings from the Carolinas, Virginia, portions of Georgia, Alabama, the Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi valley from about 1755 through 1870. Find out how to approach searching this vast collection and the hidden treasures that can be discovered therein. It is estimated that about one and a half million people are named in these folders!

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 22, 2014. About 1 hour 28 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts.

Comments from Mary's last webinar:
  • A succinct guide to a confusing but important source.
  • A wonderful way to spend an hour or two.....she has such a clear and concise way of teaching.....a pleasure to listen to!
  • All Legacy webinars have been very inlightening. Yes I could hear Mary smiling. Great webinar. Didn't know about the Draper Manuscripts. Thank you. Keep up the great work!!!
  • Along with many others, I had never heard of these manuscripts. What a wealth of resources! So glad I took this webinar. Now to start digging!
  • As always above and beyond expectations. She is awesome.
  • As usual, Mary's webinar lights "fires" under us with new genealogy frontiers to explore! Thanks so much!
  • Cannot wait to dig in this afternoon.... I've seen and read excerpts from the Draper Manuscripts for years, but today I now understand how to use them. Thank you Geoff and Mary!!!
  • Didn't realize until today that these would be useful to me. Thank you for this webinar. Mary Hill is a wonderful teacher. Please ask her back.
  • Excellent presentation!! Can't wait to research Draper's Papers.Thanks.
  • Excellent webinar! So much to learn about an excellent genealogy resource. Time to go into hibernation to check out all the research suggestions she gave. Thank you very much, Mary Hill.
  • Excellent, logic presentation...learned so much about this awesome resource in only an hour.
  • Fabulous! I've known about the Draper manuscripts for several years but wasn't sure how to "attack" them; now I can't wait to try. Also, Geoff, I appreciate you having topics that appeal to the non-beginner - gotta stretch those research muscles!
  • Great information that Mary Hill provided - I'll be digging into the Draper MSS for the next several weeks thanks to her. Excellent!
  • Have heard of these manuscripts for years, but had no knowledge about how/where to begin.
  • I did not know anything about the Draper Manuscripts.......fascinating! As many wrote in, genealogy has taken a new twist with this wonderful resource. Thanks, Mary and Geoff
  • I had never heard of these manuscripts before. What a wonderful new resource for research!!!
  • I have heard of the Draper Manuscripts but knew nothing more. Sure glad I attended. Now to put all this new information to use. That SLCL link should help a lot.
  • I wasn't sure this webinar would be of value to me, but it was fascinating because it there was so much breadth in the content of the Draper Manuscripts. Ms Hill was terrific to help lead us through her experiences with the manuscripts. I think I'll do some searching through whatever indexes I can find.
  • It is always take out for my family dinner on Wednesday but with this webinar may not cook for rest of week. So much to go look at with Draper manuscripts. Thanks Geoff and Mary for another great webinar.
  • Love the step-by-step instructions.
  • Mary provided the best genealogical webinar that I have attended--!!!
  • Never heard anyone ever speak about this topic. Thanks so much!
  • Oh My Gosh what wonderful information. I never knew what valuable information was contained there.....thank you so much. Going hunting in the papers later this afternoon!
  • Outstanding! One of the most useful webinars I've attended. Heading to right now to get the ebook of Josephine Harper's Guide... This would be a great topic for one of the national seminars (e.g., FGS).
  • Really amazing. Could not believe that I had not been introduced to this collection of records other than a sharing of some information on one of my ancestors from Kentucky. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Syllabus was spot on with the presentation and I join the laundry or dinner tonight. I'm going to be toooooooo busy.
  • This was the best webinar I have ever attended. New source for me, well organized, good examples! THANK YOU, MARY AND GEOFF!!!
  • Very useful information and a great introduction to the Draper collection! Very excited to start delving into them.
  • Way beyond my expectations...thank you Mary & Geoff...
  • What a great resource to explore. Thanks for all the tips and the extensive handout.
  • What a wonderful webinar! I learned so much. I loved the way she gave us a summary at the end and steps to follow to do this. Great job! Thank you.
  • What an amazing research tool. Had heard of it but had no idea how to approach using it!! Thanks so much for expanding our knowledge!
  • Will definitely be watching this one again. Draper Ms suggested to me for searching lines I am just starting work on, but I had no idea where to begin. Now I do, thanks to Mary's well-structured and clearly expressed presentation. Will follow the steps Mary laid out-- thank you so much.
  • Wow! Learning about the Draper Manuscripts existence could very well help me break down a brick wall or two. Mary, thank you for this super webinar.
  • Wow, what a collection! It was very interesting to learn about such an extensive collection that was presented so very well. Thanks for the education you give us, Geoff and Mary!
About the presenter:
Mary E.V. Hill, MLS, AG (Southern States and Eastern States) CG; worked as reference librarian at BYU from 1989-1992, as genealogy instructor at BYU from 1992-1995, as Family History Library US/Canada Reference consultant from 1995-2006. She served on the UGA Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as an LDS missionary at the Family History Library from 2006-2008.

She is the author of Saga of a Southern Loyalist: William Riddle of Virginia and North Carolina; Angel Children; Family Roots Organizer Video Series. She is a lecturer with emphasis on U.S. research methods and genealogical organization.

Mary is a mother and grandmother.

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