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Migrations: Immigration

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In the period 1600-1800, immigratory flows followed a logical sequence of events:

  • Discovery
  • Exploration
  • Settlement
  • Colonization

This process was usually characterized with the subduement of native peoples.

Many factors have influenced the choice of territory: access by sea, hospitality of natives peoples, and the early discovery of commercial opportunity. And a great deal of luck, of course.

From a genealogical perspective, the Immigration subprojects seek to identify and document the major points of entry into new continents and territories - as these entry points kept records for the benefit of the colonizing powers (ships, passenger lists, patents...). The subprojects are organized around continents, as each point of entry became the passage for more settlement and colonization of broad territories. In each project, we seek to bring information about...

  • Exploration
  • Ships
  • Ports of Arrival
  • Settlement
  • Colonization
  • De-colonization
  • Genealogical Sources

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Objectives of the Migrations master project

  • Provide a framework for 'border-crossing' family trees.
  • Identify migratory connection points (ships, ports, settlements...).
  • Inventorize sources for genealogical exploration at these connection points.
  • Encourage global collaboration within the Geni community.

The focus of the master project is on the period 1600-1800 - covering the first large-scale migration waves on the back of global colonization. Systematic record-keeping was in its infancy, and thus particularly challenging for genealogists.