If you find a source that shows that your family originally came from elsewhere, check that the migration path they followed is logical. A few things to watch out for:
- People usually went from rural areas to urban areas. It’s rare to find people moving from an urban area to a rural area, or from one rural area to another rural area.
- Before say 1850, most people did not move around a lot. Exceptions exist, like skippers, people who worked for fairs and traveling salesmen.
- Before say 1750, even marrying outside the village was uncommon for many poor people in rural areas.
If your family’s migration pattern does not appear to be logical, it’s wise to check whether you have not combined sources about two different people with the same name.