Mason-Dixon Survey: Genealogical Implications of a Changing Boundary

  • 20 Feb 2024
  • 7:00 PM (EST)
  • PA Chapter 3rd Tuesday ZOOM virtual session

A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 7:00 PM EST
Free and open to all PalAm members. 

Changes to administrative boundaries can have major implications on where genealogists look for records. The Mason-Dixon line, surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, marks part of the borders separating four states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. The survey resolved a border dispute that had its origins almost a century earlier in the somewhat confusing proprietary grants by King Charles I to Lord Baltimore (Maryland), and by his son King Charles II to William Penn (Pennsylvania and Delaware). Our presenter will provide an overview of those disputes, the survey process and intent, and what it means for genealogical research

Jacob Eubanks, MLS, manages the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library in Missouri. He writes and lectures on a variety of topics with emphasis on Colonial migration to Appalachia, the Midwest, and the Great Plains.

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