My ancestry is very different from Michael's. It is rare that I have even two different states listed for birth/marriage/death of an individual. In fact, I can only find one that has three: Benjamin Wingate Hurd 1824-1904, born in N.H., married in Mass. and died in Kansas. And he's the one who ran away.
Michael on the other hand has all this pioneer ancestry and all he has are triple-baggers. Starting with his grandparents you find:
4. William Lynn Clark, b. Kansas, m. Oklahoma, d. Virginia
5. Ruth Berrigan, b. Wisconsin, m. Oklahoma, d. Maryland
6. John Wesley Ridpath b. Missouri, m. Oklahoma, d. California
7. Nell Carmon, b. m. Oklahoma, d. California [exception]
8. Charles Chester Clark, b. Ohio, m. Kansas, d. Oklahoma
9. Alice May Morrow, b. Missouri, m. Kansas, d. Oklahoma
10. Edmund Berrigan, b. New York, m. Michigan, d. Oklahoma
11. Johanna Morrissey, b. Penn., m. Michigan, d. Oklahoma
12. Daniel Burton Ridpath, b. Iowa, m. Missouri, d. Texas
13. Vida Hamlin Clarkson, b. Wisconsin, m. Missouri, d. Texas
14. James M. Carmon, b. Missouri, m. Texas or Oklahoma, d. Oklahoma
15. Elizabeth Hall, b. Missouri, m. Texas or Oklahoma, d. Oklahoma
So, as you can see three of his four grandparents and all of his great-grandparents fit into this category.
20 and 21. Dennis Berrigan and Mary Haberlin: b. Ireland, m. New York, d. Michigan
22 and 23. William J. Morrissey and Bridget Cashin, b. Ireland, m. New York, d. Penn.
24. John Wesley Ridpath b. Virginia, m. Indiana, d. Missouri
25. Duranda Straughn, b. Kentucky, m. Indiana, d. Missouri
27. Julia Berkley Brown, b. Illinois, m. Kansas, d. Arkansas
28. George Joshua Carmon, b. Indiana, m. Missouri, d. Oklahoma
29. Mary Jane Cox, b. Illinois, m. Missouri, d. Texas
30. Andrew Jackson Hall, b. Tenn., m. Missouri, d. Oklahoma
31. Mary Jane Bench, b. Indiana, m. Missouri, d. Oklahoma
Amazingly, I can continue on. And these are all the ones I found. At this point, I can either connect them to the east coast family or they become brick walls themselves or in the following generation [not counting the Irish which are their own problem]. No. 24's mother can't be traced; No. 25's mother can't be traced; up to now No. 26's father couldn't be traced, but I think I have a line on him; No. 28's mother can't be traced; and nos. 29, 30, and 31 are their own brick walls. [No. 31's father is known, mother is not known and his ancestry can't be traced readily.]
In the cases where I can trace them it is because there is a Clark, Morrow, Clarkson, Berkley, Carman, Ridpath and Straughn secondary genealogy already done. All I had to do was verify the information. And even then, wives for these people cannot be traced readily in one or more generations back. And remember most of these records are held at the county level and not the state, so you need to be much more precise in your research. Lastly, some of these people were four and five state baggers who lived in states where they didn't have a b/m/d but you can see them in censuses. That's a lot of movement for people who lived (on average) from 1800 to 1930.