Project: Immigrant Pioneers

Categories: Westward Ho | Immigrant Pioneers

Immigrant Pioneers is a Sub-Project of the Westward Ho! Project
See also Space: Immigrant Pioneers

The lure of free land offered by The Homestead Act of 1862 and the sale of public lands brought settlement to the west for people looking for a new life and new opportunities. The most spectacular burst of settlement occurred between 1881 and 1885, when 67,000 settlers took up homesteads in the Dakota Territory alone. European immigration fed these booms. Many Irish moved to Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory. Germans continued to migrate by the thousands to Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas. From 1865 onward, tens of thousands of immigrants came from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and the number increased yearly until 1882, when 105,362 arrived.

Our Mission: The Immigrant Pioneers Project was created to highlight the profiles of the people who came from other countries to help settle the American West.


How to Join ??

T Stanton is the Project Coordinator for this project.

For a full list of participants in the Westward Ho! Project, see the badge report

It is not required that you be related to someone who settled in western America to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome!! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

  1. Answer our G2G joining post with your interests and to receive a badge.
  2. Add "westward_ho" and immigrant_pioneers to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Ask to be added to the Westward Ho! Project Google Group (limited to WikiTree members who are badged members of the Westward Ho! project)
  4. Please see our list of goals for a basic overview for ways you can help. You will find specific tasks listed for each sub-project on their own pages.


For specific goals relating to each sub-project, please see that project for more information. The overall goals of the Westward Ho! Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who helped settle western America. To meet these goals:

  1. Add profiles for the sub-project you are helping, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the specific sub-project template to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. Contact T Stanton to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  8. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  9. Do you manage a profile for a Westward Ho! project that you are especially proud of? Let Alison know and we will feature it on this page.

Project Box

Add this project box template to the top of the biography for Immigrant Pioneers profiles that will have the Westward Ho project account as a profile manager.

{{Westward Ho| sub-project = Immigrant Pioneers}}

It will generate the following:

Westward Ho Project logo
... ... ... was involved in the westward expansion of the USA. Westward Ho!
Join: Immigrant Pioneers Project
Discuss: immigrant_pioneers

Immigrant Pioneers Sticker

... ... ... was an immigrant pioneer who participated in the westward expansion of the United States. Join the Immigrant Pioneers Project.

Add this sticker to the profiles under == Biography == to designate the profile as part of the Immigrant Pioneers project when Westward Ho is not a project account manager (this will apply for 95% of all profiles in the project).

{{Immigrant Pioneers}}

Member Profile Sticker

To indicate on your member profile that you are a member of the Immigrant Pioneers project, add the following to your profile under ==Biography==

{{Member|Westward Ho|team=Immigrant Pioneers}}
and the sticker will appear on your profile
... ... ... is a member of the Westward Ho Project (Immigrant Pioneers).

WikiTree Resources

Remember that many of questions can be answered by referring to the Help pages link at the top right of pages.

Related Projects

External Links

More links and resources can be found on the Immigrant Pioneers Free Space Page

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