Locating an ancestral homeland often depends on where an immigrant settled in America, and what the motivation was for making an arduous journey across the ocean. Choice of settlement location could have been based on family/friends, culture, climate/geography, land availability, religious practices, or trade skills.
Sharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in courthouses, repositories and the Family History Library spans 35+ years. Her blog at https://gensearchandmore.com features primary and secondary U. S. genealogical sources and skill-building research tips.