Put it in context

This guide was last updated in 2009

Having pieced together your ancestor’s tale, it is time to put it in context.

By looking into migration and travel patterns you might discover how typical your ancestor’s experience was, or whether their movements were unusual. Many websites that contain migration data will also contain background information, and www.ellisisland.org and www.movinghere.org.uk are particularly popular among genealogists.

As for the voyage itself, background reading and online research may enable you to track down witness accounts of the voyages and conditions on board. You might discover how long onward travel might have taken, the reception your ancestors were likely to have received and even find a picture of their boat.

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