Modeling Large-Scale Historical Migration Patterns Using Family History Records
Bunker, Brian; Wise, Elias; Severson, Eric; Otterstrom, Sam
Location has a powerful effect, and humans seek to understand not only where they are, but where they have come from. Thus, genealogy and migration are both important human concepts, and one can help to illuminate the other. Historical migration studies use records of all types to attempt to model and explain the movement of individuals and families. Our purpose is to use the new Family Search database compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members to create a flexible search engine which will enable visualization and analysis of migration by community or by place of orig, and which will explore the dynamics of multigenerational migration.