I have a family that moved from Virginia into Kentucky around 1800. The interesting thing is that the names of neighboring families to my ancestors in 1750 Virginia are the same names I see as their 1850 Kentucky neighbors in 1850.

I’ve got another set of German families that essentially “transplanted” a village from northern Germany to Illinois in the mid to late 1800s.

Some people tend to stick together even when they move. Use this to your advantage in your research.



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  1. ?? Did you read their post carefully? Northern Germany and Illinois, USA are not the same piece of land. There were times when peoples of a village did migrate together due to religious and/or political reasons and due to their common beliefs, language and culture settled together in the new land. It this weren't true there wouldn't be ethnic neighborhoods in places such as New York City or Chicago.

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