In my story "Proving Up" in Homestead Brides that releases in February, my main characters are Swedish immigrants who helped settle the real town of Swedeburg, Nebraska. Moving was no light task for people back in those days and they had to re-establish their lives and livelihoods all over again.
There have been times throughout history where people have been relocated against their will to reservations, or exiled because of persecution or as prisoners of war. At times individuals have chronicled their moves and provided others the opportunity to read about their experiences. There are many reasons and ideals that motivate people to move: among them land, housing, vocation, religion, health, and family. But whatever the reason, moving will remain a part of this life.
Immigrate - to come into a new country to live.
Emigrate - to exit current homeland to settle permanently in another.
Migrate- to move from one place to another, temporarily or permanently.
Move - to change place, position, or state.
Remove - the act of leaving one's home for another. (Seen in genealogy narratives where family's moved from one location to another.)
Have you ever moved? What were your reasons? How did you travel?
New Englander Carla Olson Gade writes from her home amidst the rustic landscapes of Maine. With six books in print, she is enjoys bringing her tales to life with historically authentic settings and characters. An avid reader, amateur genealogist, photographer, and house plan hobbyist, Carla's great love (next to her family) is historical research. Though you might find her tromping around an abandoned homestead, an old fort, or interviewing a docent at an historical museum, it's easier to connect with her on her blog, Adventures of the Heart.
Carla's novella "Proving Up" in Homestead Brides is available for order now.