Friday, July 2, 2010

Issue 48-wrapping up a migration issue

Issue 48 is in the final stages and it's a little bit different. To make it easier on me and the proofreader, it's a general methodology piece on locating personalized migration trails of relatives, particularly ones who cannot be found.

I've long been a big fan of chains of migration and the fact that not everyone took the same past across the country. I know that it's interesting to know how immigrants got across the country after landing, but if they went right from the port of arrival to Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, or wherever, if they took the train or ship didn't interest me THAT much.

What I was more interested in was:
  • why they settled where they did
  • who came before them
  • who came after them
Knowledge of the mode of transportation was interesting, but these were/are questions that always were more interesting and more helpful to me from a genealogical standpoint.

And these questions are just as applicable to migrants from upstate New York to northern Illinois and into southern Iowa as they are for Germans to central Illinois.

And, as regular readers of Casefile Clues know, I've got some migrants with some interesting paths of migration that I'm still working on figuring out. Hopefully I'll have updates on these in future issues of Casefile Clues.

In the meantime, issue 48 has some ways to work on these things and these are approaches that we've tried before in the newsletter (at least some of them) and we'll be using more of them in upcoming issues.

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