02 November 2012

Town Ancestors and Country Ancestors

The further back we go with our family history research, the more we find that we have both town ancestors and country ancestors.  Aesop's fable about a town mouse and the country mouse may have some parallels in your family history.

Did your rural ancestors behave in different ways than your urban ancestors?  Did they have different values and beliefs?  Were there differences of opinion when they met each other?

You may like to explore these two contrasting links:




Sometimes, the people who grow up in cities appreciate nature more than their country cousins do, and vice versa.  I have often preferred the slower pace of country life and the fresher air, but I have also needed the cultural stimulation of city experiences and foreign travel from time to time.





before 1900 



Provincial towns and sprawling suburbs usually do not hold much appeal for me as I often find them dull.  Such places are very much the same in many ways, in my experience, all over the world, though being somewhere dull can also provide the impetus for some fascinating online research!

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