Is One Hiding?

In families where the same name was used repeatedly, it can be easy to:

  • merge two different people with the same name into being the same person
  • confuse two different people with the same name and assign the wrong record or event to the wrong person
  • overlook yet another relative with the same name–there could always be one more

Correctly sifting out people with the same name can be difficult. Look at records that mention:

  • age
  • middle initials–if they even have them
  • spouse
  • occupational clues
  • specific residence or residential clues
  • relatives

And look at every record you can get your hands on in the area where all these people with the same name lived.

3 thoughts on “Is One Hiding?

  1. Jean Clark Giesbrecht

    This really applies when researching Mennonite families! Everyone named their sons Abraham, Johann, Jacob, Cornelius etc and their daughters Anna, Helena, Mary, Katharina, Aganetha etc. I have learned alot in researching my late husband’s ancestors for the last forty years!!

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      It certain families, it seems like using certain names was the unwritten law. For my Trautvetters: George, Michael, and Adam. For my Ufkeses: Fred, John, and Henry. For my Rampleys: James.

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  2. Patty

    I know same problem with the names jn my families. I can’t tell whether the name belongs either to the maiden names side of the family or the married named side of the family if they r female or the fathers side or mother’s side if the person is male . Fortunately I have and others who do this genealogy tipoftheday website to help us. U certainly have have helped me many times in finding information I might have over looked otherwise or areas where I didn’t see something the first time around.

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