Were they Flitters?

I spent a considerable amount of time working on the origins of a female relative in the county where she married in Illinois the 1840s. I searched the 1840 and 1850 census manually to see if there were potential relatives there. Not a one. It turned out that her family was only in the county for a few years–long enough for her to meet a man and marry. Shortly after her marriage, her parents and siblings took off for a new location. While looking in the area for her family was the right thing to do, sometimes you have to realize that they may have only been there for just long enough “to leave one record” and then move on.

Some people do “flit” from one location to another. If there’s flirting going on, they may leave a marriage record behind and move on.


3 thoughts on “Were they Flitters?

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      A DNA match on this family descended from another branch of the moving family and their branch passed down better stories about where they lived than the immediate family I was working on.

  1. Toni

    Sigh. As I well know! Every two years they packed up and moved on. But if all you have to move is kids, I guess it’s not so bad. That is once the railroad came along, maybe. And before that, boats.


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