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Because America is a nation of immigrants, one of the most requested educational topics among family history enthusiasts is how to find the origins of immigrant ancestors. To trace your immigrant ancestry you must have an exact location in the homeland.

Hunting ForbearsMore than 50,000,000 immigrants have arrived on America's shores. Many of them share your ancestor's name. How in the world can you tell which one is YOUR immigrant ancestor? But WAIT. You may have more than just one immigrant ancestor. If you are like most Americans, you may have dozens of immigrant ancestors. Some may have come on the Mayflower and some may have come through Ellis Island in this very century. In the country your ancestors came from there are even more people with your ancestor's name.

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