Too often our sense of history is blunted by school textbook paragraphs and stunted by "the Hollywood version". Truer history shows us that almost as soon as the first colonists to American shores landed they fixed their land hungry eyes and "new life" hopes on the West. Whether it was from cities and settlements of Philadelphia or Charleston, Boston or New York, the people took boat or wagon, and later train to the lands of the setting sun, braving the Wilderness, hostiles, and hardships to push the frontier outward. What is the progress you've seen westward in your genealogical research? Check the census reports, the family legends, the routes from point of origin to eventual destination -- you will see a saga of exploration and courage in your family roots that inspire respect, admiration, and even sometimes astonishment. Let's talk about it!