Many genealogists use maps with migration trails to understand how their ancestor might have gotten from point A to point B. Migration trail maps are helpful in some genealogical situations, particularly for relatives living in an unsettled, frontier area. While these maps are an excellent genealogical tool, they provide a limited view of the migration process and often do not show the greater forces at work causing our ancestors to move. Oftentimes an ancestor's migration was a person or a family moving in a flow from point A to point B. Sometimes that flow was a river and sometimes it was a trickle. Regardless of the size, discovering that larger flow and your ancestor's role in it may provide untold genealogical benefits.
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