Now What? Family Names
6/11/2014
My ancestors were really big on family names, with parents naming children after their siblings. How do I keep everyone straight? Expert answers for your genealogical questions.
Q. My ancestors were really big on family names, with parents naming children after their siblings. How do I keep everyone straight?
 
A. Keeping track of people with the same name is a challenge for every genealogist. In some records, it might be impossible to know which Harry Morgan is your ancestor and which is cousin Harry Morgan, especially if they were born about the same time and lived in the same community or even on the same street. It helps to keep a separate chronology of each person’s life, including any information that distinguishes one from another, such as land descriptions and tax details. While both Harrys might have wives named Mary, they aren’t likely to have the same children or pay tax on the same land.