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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > September 2019 > Tramps, tinkers & travellers

Tramps, tinkers & travellers

You might think that you’ve reached a dead end if you find an ancestor with an itinerant lifestyle, but there are a range of options to explore, as Simon Wills reveals

Certain people are notoriously difficult to trace in the records used by genealogists. None more so than those who moved around a lot in the past because it’s often hard to pinpoint their location from one year to the next. Many of our most important family history records such as census returns and parish records are organised geographically, so people without a fixed place to call home can be difficult to find and to follow through time.

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