West Country Migration to North America in the 1800s


Local & Family History

Day course

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

24 July 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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The 1800s saw a massive exodus of people from the West Country going to the USA and Canada, for a better life. Who were those people who left these shores for a new life? Were they younger sons of yeoman farmers, the poor and destitute fleeing the Workhouse or did religion play a part?

These and other reasons will be discussed and examples of who these people were and where to find the information about them are shown in a variety of case studies from the region, using materials from here and in North America.

Ideal for anyone who is interested in local and migration history.

Tutor information

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in Adult Education.  She runs a variety of family history courses in Somerset and Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Migration research has become a central part of Jane’s work, with her organising, attending and speaking at migration conferences all over the UK. Her MA dissertation was about migration from West Dorset to North America in the 1800s. Jane is a regular speaker at the Society of Genealogists in London.

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