Janice Nickerson wrote an article about "Finding a Wandering Relative" with proven strategies for tracking down ancestors who moved away. The strategies advocated by the author include:
- Wills and Estate Files
- Newspaper Obituaries
- Other Newspaper Stories - family or visitation articles
- Land Records - look for deeds and mortgages
- Occupational Clues - what did they do?
- Other Relatives - did they move to be with family?
- Chain Migration - did they move with kinship?
- Historical Events - what happened there?
- Institutionalization - were they in an institution?
- Adjoining Territories - did they move across the line?
- Reverse Migration - did they go back?
- Boundary Changes - did the locality boundaries change?
There are, of course, several paragraphs for each of those strategies. The article is well written and researched.
I find Family Chronicle to be one of the best of the magazines I subscribe to and read regularly. Have you read it?