What motivated our 19th c ancestors to emigrate from
Britain or from other
parts of Europe? I refer to voluntary
emigration, not transportation to penal servitude or escape from religious
persecution. Family historians generally accept the standard reason: the wish
for a better life. That sweeping phrase covers a multitude of factors including
greater opportunities for employment, prospects for personal advancement,
perhaps even financial enrichment, a more secure future for the emigrant and
his children. Some simply sought adventure.
My search for something – anything - on an obscure figure in the family tree finally turned up his
Note: there was no effective treatment for tuberculosis until the development of the antibiotic Streptomycin in 1946. Despite more recent forms of medication, TB continues to kill people worldwide.
See TB statistics at http://www.tbfacts.org/tb-statistics.html