>Ok we can be in America now in 7 hours or Australia in 24 hours but we are
>less likely to walk to the corner shop. Motorised transport as made us all
>lazy. I suppose the best way to compare movement would be to check the 19th
>century censuses. I guess this could be the topic of someone's dissertation
How true, Rob. Certainly there are people using the Censuses up to 1901 to look
at population movement and what proportion in a town or village were migrants
or indigenous. This sort of study will still be possible when the remaining
Censuses of the 20th century are serially released, with the exception of 1991.
In the 1991 Census (repeated in 2001) the question as to town or parish of birth
was replaced by 'country of origin', plus an ill-thought out question requiring
self-selection of 'ethnic type' from an arbitrary and misleading list.
When the details of the 1991 Census are released in 2092 (and the 2001 Census
in 3002) such studies of migration at parish level will be impossible and the
genealogical research such as you have pursued will be much more difficult.
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