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Families did move from one area to another, mostly in search of work, probably more than most people think. Particularly after the advent of the railways in the 19th century, over time it became easier and faster to move around. The Industrial Revolution meant that many families whose forebears had worked on the land or as craftsmen in the same village for perhaps two or three hundred years decided to move to growing towns or cities, in search of better prospects.  

With the many online records now available it is much easier to access parish and other records from anywhere - there is often no need to travel to a particular area to see the local records. However there are occasions when a visit to the local record office for the area is necessary in order to find the information needed. If this happens and I am unable to visit the required record office myself due to the distance away, I will recommend that you find another researcher in the required area to carry out this part of your research for you. This is particularly true for Scottish and Irish records, which differ in many respects from those in England and Wales, and for which you will almost certainly benefit from specialist advice.

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