Adding names to the family tree doesn’t add a lot of family history. But, if you have the names, then you get the dates, then comes the Google. I have only started to research our family history. Most of the stories have been lost in time. If the stories were not written down or passed down, you can’t get them back.
Families did not move often. There could have been major moves to find work or harvest crops but many families stayed in the area for long periods. If you get stuck, try looking at records for the next town over. Maybe the next county over. I was looking for the Grant family in a small county in Maine. By accident I found a record for another Grant in Maine from a different county. Come to find out they lived about three miles apart across a river.
To be continued . . . .