The survey question pertained to ancestors who lived in your house. Over 4000 people responded. More than one answer could be selected.
Almost three-quarters of the respondents said that no earlier generations of their family members lived in the house in which they now reside.
Huh. That’s sad, I thought.
Then I thought again.
No earlier generations of my family members lived in the house in which I now reside.
I thought about my siblings. We all live in states other than the one we grew up in.
My mother still resides in the home we grew up in. If I still lived there, I would be in the 18% of the survey’s respondents who said one of their parents had lived there and also in the 15% who said at least one of their grandparents had lived there.
People don’t “stay put” anymore.
Truthfully, people have never “stayed put” for very long. From economic considerations to wanderlust and everything in-between, humans have been leaving home as soon as they realize there is “more out there” for thousands of years.
On the other hand, some people stay their whole lives. In the same place.
Apparently most do not.
What about you? Do you live in an ancestral home?