The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America

From Library of Congress Map Collection,

This program will examine the rich history of the Great Lakes region, particularly its role in U.S. expansion, through transportation, economic growth and defense, and relatable genealogical record sets.

Topics covered are:

  • Examination of Great Lakes Geography
  • Native American Influences
  • Commerce
  • War and Defense
  • Ethnic Groups common to the Great Lakes area and where they settled
  • Records useful for tracing your Great Lakes area ancestor