Same First Names are Clues–Not 100% Proof

I was working on a family that I thought was closely related to mine–they were from the same little Irish village, but settled several hundred miles away. Both families used many of the same first names–Samuel, Edward, Joseph, Thomas, Charles.

That was a clue to continue working on locating information on the second family to see if something more strongly connected them to mine.

It was a clue that there could be a connection–it was not proof in and of itself that the families were connected.