From a while back:

You are researching your ancestor in a new location. Unless your ancestor moved from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs bedroom, there’s the chance she crossed a political boundary. Crossing that boundary means:

  • laws may change
  • types of records available may change
  • records access may change
  • information contained in records may change
  • your ancestor’s citizenship status may change
  • or something else

Learning about these things in the new location will help your research. Don’t assume that the address was the only thing that changed when your ancestor moved.



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