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Old 12-27-2011, 04:43 PM   #131
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Originally Posted by LewisNClark View Post
Most or your and my ancestors earlier than 1860/1870's had very limited literacy. Many also changed the spelling of names but made no legal record of it at their court house.
Apparently, harried immigration officials would also "assign" names to people they had difficulty understanding and would reuse the same popular ones.
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