Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Many of our ancestors migrated to a distant place. Which one of your ancestors migrated the furthest? Or the furthest in North America? It could be in one big move, or in several smaller moves over their lifetime. How far did they travel? Do you know the route they took?
2) Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
I have so many that came from Germany to America, or Holland to America, or the British Isles to America in the 17th and 18th centuries that I'm not going to write about them. The earliest were probably my Mayflower passengers, some of home traveled from Leiden in Netherlands to England to Plymouth Colony.
I also have a number of ancestors who traveled from the eastern states to San Diego, including:
* My father likely came the furthest - from Leominster, Massachusetts to San Diego in December 1940, driving through Columbus (where he sent a letter to his Aunt Emily in San Diego), through St. Louis and Route 66 to California, arriving in 3 days (without sleep, he said, drinking lots of coffee). If he came by freeway today along almost the same route, it would be 43 hours of driving and 2,981 miles, according to Google Maps.
* My great-great grandmother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931) was born in Aurora, Erie County, New York, moved the Burnett, Dodge County, Wisconsin in the 1850s (by boat and wagon?), then to Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa in the late 1860s, then to Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas in the 1870s, to McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1885, and then to San Diego in the 1890s after her husband died.
* My great-grandfather, Charles Auble (1849-1916) was born in Newark, New Jersey, moved to Terre Haute, Indiana in the 1860s, then to Chicago, Illinois in the 1880s, and then to San Diego in about 1911.
* My great-grandmother, Gerogianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), was born in Norfolk County, Ontario, moved to Chicago in the 1890s, and came to San Diego with her husband and daughter in about 1911.
My wife has ancestors who really traveled a long way to get to California.
* Her second great-grandparents, Alexander Whittle (1818-1852) and Rachel Morley (1821-1859) were born in Lancashire in England, married and traveled to Sydney, Australia in 1841, then came to San Francisco in about 1851. The boat trip from England to Sydney took over six months, and covered more than 12,000 miles (probably England to Cape of Good Hope, to Singapore, and then to Sydney) - maybe up to 14,000 miles. The boat trip from Sydney to San Francisco took about four months, and covered about 7,500 miles. So they traveled at least 19,500 miles from birth to death, and both of them died relative young, in their 30s.
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