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Re: Relatives Born in Canada
In Response To: Relatives Born in Canada ()

Steve asked:
"Is there anyway to research relatives who were born in or went to Canada via the Underground Railroad?"
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Hello Steve,

A quick and easy answer would be to say Yes, of course, but we know UGRR research is much more difficult than that. In some ways UGRR research is more difficult than than slave research.
Remember, the UGRR was illegal, secrective and not too well "formally" documented.

While I have no relatives (known) that escaped to Canada via the UGRR I do have ancestors/relatives who were operatives on the UGRR helping others to make their way to Canada. An AA great-great-great grandmother was born in Canada ca 1795, her family came back into Ohio ca 1810 and was involved in UGRR activity.

A good approach is to study the area/location where you think UGRR activites may have taken place, get a feel for the history of the area. Was it a hotbed for Anti-Slavery, Abolitionist activites? Were there Free Person of Color in the area .. Black Churches,Quakers, Presbyterians, Congregationlist? All types of folks known to be invovled. What was the terrain like... rivers, forests, caves and other natural places for concealment?

Then follow the proven techniques of genealogy and family history research for the "suspected" individuals, Black, white, Free and formerly enslaved.

There are many good sites on the 'Net for UGRR research, but a personal plug for a group I belong to that is involved in the study, documentation and preservation of former UGRR sites is:
http://www.ohioundergroundrailroad.org/
For Personal Research Tips
http://www.ohioundergroundrailroad.org/DoingResearch.htm

Good luck and best wishes if/when :| you get involved in UGRR research.

Art Thomas

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