moving to america then returning to england

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I have got another Puddy who Married Alice Fear possibly in America they returned back to england sometime after their second child was born in 1892. Should i put emmigration to America then reverse it for a second category
in The Tree House by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 7 (77.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Remember that our first concern should be sources and documenting the story in the profile, not placing a profile into categories.

Assuming you've documented the story before you asked about the categories, I think that "Emigres who returned to [Name of county here]" would be a wonderful topic for a category. It's been common through history for people who emigrated to go back to their home country, and if I was trying to research someone who went back home after emigrating, I think I could learn about the subject from reading profiles of other people who did the same thing.

I haven't found any existing categories for this kind of scope (people who return to their native country aren't immigrants to that country), so there's apparently no established naming pattern yet. Category: English Emigrants would be a suitable parent category for people who left England and later went back home. Some possible category names are:

  • Emigrants Who Returned to England
  • English Emigrants Who Returned
  • English Emigrants Who Repatriated (probably too esoteric)

Time to get some reaction from the Categorization Project.

Unless there is some genealogical reason to group all those who went back to their home countries after emigrating, I’d suggest checking their citizenship.  Did they become US citizens and travel back as that?  Then it’s just narrative in the Biography.  Did they remain Brits and just go home?  Then they didn’t emigrate, they travelled—again just narrative.  Was Alice American?  Then she and the US born children emigrated to the UK.  But it all need sourcing/documentation.

Alice was born in America, her husband was born in England, went to America then returned to England with Alice and their 2 children. Hillary-209 i have everything on him i think except a marriage. Also the parents category sounds good with this 

  • Emigrants Who Returned to England

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I personally don't think there needs to be a general category for that unless it's a large number of people.  For example, during wars or famines, large groups of refugees may leave their home and large groups of people may return within a certain time-frame.  These kinds of mass migrations have historical significance.

Individual people moving back and forth between England and U.S. or Canada and England and the like can be covered with location categories and noted in the biography.  One name studies and projects of a more narrow focus can also categorize individual migrations.  But I don't think it's necessary for there to be a general category for repatriation.
by Saundra Stewart G2G6 Mach 5 (54.7k points)
It is super interesting though to think about - I mean it is not like today where you can hop in a plane and go right over the "pond".  I would really want to know why they did - after getting here was it just not what they thought it was going to be?  Did they miss their family and friends back home real bad?  I just think it is something if anyone finds out why I would love to know.

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