Tracking immigrant ancestors in their country of origin usually requires determining where they were born. This is essential to know where to search and to increase the chance that the correct person is located. Sometimes a person may not give their actually village of birth on a record in their new country but instead give the name of a bigger town which is more likely to be known.

Always be open to the possibility that your ancestor who was from the big city overseas may actually have been from a much smaller village twenty miles away. This is one more reason to locate as many records in the settlement region as possible as it increases the chance that you discover this small town’s name buried in a record that may have been otherwise overlooked.



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