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Genealogy myths busted.


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"Before 1900, very few people moved more than 3 or 4 miles from their birthplace". Wrong. I have come across instances of people moving 200 miles before 1800 let alone 1900. The canals played a big part I think. I have seen a few settlement certs in the early 1700s of Irish and Scottish people wanting to gain settlement in Norfolk. I think lots of fenland people (Wisbech, Holbeach) have Scottish roots due to Scottish labourers being sent there.

"Only a minority of people left wills, it was usually rich people". I disagree with the "minority" bit and the "rich people" bit. You will (no pun intended) be surprised. I have many labourers, servants, spinsters who left wills.

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