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[[File:Erie Canal, Lock 32.jpg|thumb|Erie Canal Lock 32|alt=]][[File:Erie Canal Lock 32.jpg|thumb|Erie Canal Lock 32 (ME) |alt=]][[File:Erie Canal Lock 32.jpg|thumb|Erie Canal Lock 32]][[File:NY MA CT.png|thumb|Erie Canal Migrations ]][[File:Erie Canal, Lock 32.jpg|thumb|Erie Canal Lock 32]]The Erie Canal in [[New York, United States Genealogy|New York]] allowed boats from New York City on the Hudson River to reach rural upstate [[New York, United States Genealogy|New York]] and Lake Erie. Eventually, the Great Lakes were also connected to the Ohio River and Mississippi River systems by other canals. As canals developed in America settlers were attracted to nearby communities because the canals provided access to markets. They could sell their products at distant markets, and buy products made far away. If an ancestor settled near a canal, you may be able to trace back to a place of origin on a connecting waterway.[[File:Erie Canal Lock 32.jpg|thumb|Erie Canal Lock 32|alt=]]THIS IS NOT YOUR SANDBOX PAGE
==Historical Background== '''The construction of the Erie Canal began in 1817.''' As more Irish laborers arrived the pace of construction picked up and overcame significant barriers. For example, during summer construction in a marsh, 1,000 workers died of swamp fever, so survivors were moved to another part of the canal until winter when it was safer to work in the frozen marsh. Sections of the canal opened as follows: *1819 Rome to Utica*1820 Utica to Syracuse*1823 Brockport to Albany [[Champlain Canal|(Champlain Canal]] connecting the Hudson River to Lake Champlain was completed at the same time)*1824 Lockport locks*1825 Onondaga Ridge finishing the entire canal. <ref name=":0">Wikipedia contributors, "[ Erie Canal]" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 15 April 2011)</ref>The [ Erie Canal] contributed To get to the wealth and importance of New York Cityyour sandbox page, Buffalo, and New York State. It increased trade throughout log into the nation by opening eastern Wiki and overseas markets to Midwestern farm products and enabling migration to the West. New ethnic Irish communities formed in towns along click on the canallink, as Irish immigrants were a large portion of labor force involved in its construction.<ref name=":0" group="1">Wikipedia contributors, "[ Erie Canal]" in ''Wikipedia:'' ''The Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 15 April 2011).</ref><ref>Wikipedia contributors, "[<nowiki> Erie Canal]" in </nowiki>''Wikipedia: The free Encyclopedia''</ref> The [[Http://|Erie Canal website]] and the {{FHL|181733|title-id|disp=US Migration Canals}} have more information about the history of the Erie Canal.  ==Settlers and Records== Because so many immigrants traveled Personal Sandbox found on the canal, many genealogists would like to find copies left hand of canal passenger lists. Unfortunately, apart from the years 1827-1829, canal boat operators were not required to record or report passenger names to the New York State government. Those 1827-1829 passenger lists survive today in screen under the New York State Archives.<ref name=":0" group="1" /><ref name=":0" /><ref name=":0" /> Prior to the building of the Erie Canal, the settlers in upstate New York were often from New England, especially Vermont. Once the Canal was finished, setters along the canal and farther west into Ohio would have reached the Erie Canal from New York City, or from along the Hudson River in New Yorkmenu, or from Vermont via the Champlain Canal. Most of the men who labored to build the Erie Canal were from Ireland Volunteer and many of them settled near itHelper{{US Migration Canals}}[[Category: Sandbox]]{{US Migration Canals}} ==References==<references /><references group="1" />

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