If your ancestors migrated, that may be a good thing

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My ancestors were a restless bunch: they started out in the UK, migrated to Eastern Canada, and ended up in British Columbia. I have long joked that the next step is to move across the Pacific. (It turns out, it's not a joke. My niece has moved to New Zealand. Maybe, in a few more generations, her descendants will end up back in the UK after migrating across Eurasia.)
So this article saying that, at least in some cases, it's the best and the brightest who up stakes and move is somewhat encouraging. (At least it's better than thinking that, wherever my family has lived, their neighbours preferred that they move on...)
in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (450k points)

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For record keeping it is a mixed bag.  Those families who stay in one place for a long time tend to accumulate land and will records, grave stones, etc.  Families that move may be burried while on a move or in a town where the family only stayed for a short time.  On the other hand, movements across borders often generated records; it may be easier to find an ancestor who left Ireland or Sweden during a famine than one that remained.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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