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MIGRATION PATTERNS - TEN Fs by Sean S. Thompson (Copyright)

We believe there are ten reasons why people made certain choices in life and why they migrated towards something, probably in some cases in search of a better life. We coined the TEN F's Phrase because it seemed appropriate to identify the ten (10) reasons we felt people would leave their current surroundings for greener pastures. These ten word all begin with the letter F! We think people made simple and significant decisions in life based on the following ten reasons:

It is not just about tracing ancestry anymore, it is MORE about tracing an ancestor in conjunction with historical events to discover why they made choices where and when they did. Families migrated for a variety of reasons but we tend to think it falls under one of these categories: frontier, faith, family, friends, fiscal, fealty, freedom, famines, future or forced! One important factor to keep in mind is that many of these categories were intertwined with each other. It is very likely that more than one category fit a person's circumstances for making changes and rightfully so.

FRONTIER
Beginning in the 15th century, Spanish and French expeditions began settling many areas that would become the United States. In 1607, the first colony in America was founded at Jamestown in present day Virginia. Exploring the new frontiers became the primary reason for migration patterns that exist today.

The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England in July and August 1620 to the New World, along with the ship called the Speedwell. However, the Speedwell suffered a series of leaks during these months and was forced to return to port a couple of times for repairs. Once it was determined that the Speedwell was not sea worthy, the Mayflower set sail again, alone, carrying 102 souls aboard on September 6, 1620 and spent 66 days at sea until the crew spotted land on Cape Cod on November 9, 1620.

FAITH
Many families left their home country with the faith that they would find a better place to live. Within the past two hundred years, many families immigrated to America in search of a better way of life based on their faith and their right to read the bible they wanted to without persectuion.

All of the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower carried the Geneva Bible instead of the mandatory (authorized version) King James Bible as directed by the King in 1611. King James despised the revolutionary and “seditious” Geneva Bible which predated the King James Bible by 51 years. The King perceived the Geneva Bible's study notes as having certain political contexts that threatened and undermined his authority, so he outlawed it and ordered a new translation in 1601 known by the same namesake, the King James Bible.

In an effort to avoid persecution and by faith, the Pilgrims set sail for the new world with the one and only true Geneva Bible with the belief and right not to be told what book they must read when worshipping God. Early in the history of the United States, many of the original inhabitants were crossing the Atlantic ocean to pursue their faith and practice their religious beliefs carrying only the Geneva Bible.

FAMILY
People migrated to other areas to be closer to family after learning about it from other family members. Immigration was primarily known as family immigration since the 17th century, which allowed members to follow previous generations in the search of a new life.

FRIENDS
Letters from friends about the postive aspects of new territories gave way to mass migration patterns from foreign areas. Along with family migration patterns, friends helped each other find better places to live.

FISCAL
One large group of immigrants were looking for economic and financial opportunities in the new world. Millions of families immigrated to America to buy farms in some of the most fertile areas in the country. Places like Nebraska where crops run for miles on end.

FEALTY
Immigrants followed their nationality and countrymen to specific areas to congregate in communities that shared the same language, customs and traditions as well as loyalty to their former country. Some folks from Norway went to North Dakota and Minnesota where large communities of Norwegian country people had gathered and attended the same church demoniations as Lutheran.

FREEDOM
The Mayflower Pilgrims in 1600 sought refuge in a new area for religious freedom specifically using the Geneva Bible. Many others came to the new world in hopes of freedom from opression and tyranny to live a life they wanted without fear of reprisal or retribution. Many died before they ever could leave their oppressive country as in places like Eastern Berlin.

FAMINES
Many immigrants came from countries like Ireland and Scotland which experienced terrible and massive famines in the 1840s that accounted for almost half of the people coming to America. Coming from an impoverished area, they were hard workers looking for a better way of life. Taking up residence with other family members or communities that journeyed to America prior to them and learning about opportunities from the letters that were sent encouraging them to come too.

FUTURE
Many people were looking for a better way of life and to find a better opportunity for the lives of their family especially their children. Not wanting them to grow up without opportunities, they were determined to search for them elsewhere. Tracking a better future began with migrating to the new world looking for opportunties to purchase land for themselves and to find better work. Tens of millions of descendants can thank their family immigrants of ancestors for the right to call themselves - first generations of Americans born here.

FORCED
Between the 17th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of African slaves were forced against their will to come to America. By 1680, apparently, there were over 7,000 African slaves in the American Colonies. Prior to and during World War II, many Jewish citizens immigrated to the United States from the European theater because of the death and destruction caused by the Third Reich. For some, the passage was too steep financially so this would lead many thousands of people to became indentured servants to gain access to the voyage to America. With thousands of immigrants forced into servitude, it would take years for some to experience freedom while others never did.

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