A graduate student at the University of Lincoln (England), Anna Scott, magically found me (probably via the GSMD) and is seeking help getting participation in a research survey on heritage tourism in her country, specifically related to Mayflower pilgrim sites & heritage. I took the survey, at http://heritage-survey.limequery.com/45942/lang-en <http://heritage-survey.limequery.com/45942/lang-en> and invite you to do so and to pass this link to others. The survey asks what areas in the UK you would associate with "pilgrim heritage," then, if you have been to the UK, where, what you liked/didn't like, and similar questions. You can participate whether or not you have ever been to the UK or Europe, as she also asks whether you have been to a US destination related to Mayflower heritage. Please help a grad student and fill out her survey!
And if you're Canadian, please don't take offense!
U.S. residents - you might bone up on your Canadian history (not that I am an expert) and remember that you might have some Canadians in your family tree, or at least Canadian records of their life events. After the British expelled the French (Acadians), most Roman Catholics, from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, they offered New England farmers ("planters"), Protestants, lands in those provinces in the 1760s to replace the missing French. Settlers also moved into southern Ontario ("Upper Canada") after the American Revolution. Many, many New England seafaring families relocated to Nova Scotia in the 1700s and early 1800s. Some of these American emigrants stayed a short while, many stayed for generations. In the 19th century, don't forget to look for ancestors on the move who gave birth while trekking across western Ontario to Michigan. In the 19th and 20th, remember that a honeymoon at Niagara Falls might also have included a wedding on the Canadian side. For some New England Catholics, especially Francophones, visits to relatives in Quebec (or even religious shrines, like the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) might have coincided with a birth, death, or marriage. On the links page, there are to sites to seek information on your Maritime Provinces ancestors, Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics and Planter Studies Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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