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From: OrinWells <>
Subject: Re: Naming Patterns
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 20:57:00 -0800
At 08:37 PM 1/10/2004, Lois wrote:
>Just a quick note to remind all of you (experienced and newbies) that
>there is a definite naming pattern for families in the early years.
>When you are having trouble making connections with your direct ancestor,
>try looking for a sibling of the parent with that name. I did and I now
>have the line back to about 1550.
That works sometimes, but it is not always the case. It is also true that
in some families they follow a pattern such as naming the first son after
the paternal grandfather, the second after the maternal grandfather, the
third son after the father and on down a pattern of relatives. In other
families it seems as though they picked the names out of thin air - sort of
like it is mostly done today.
Orin R. Wells
Wells Family Research Association
P. O. Box 5427
Kent, Washington 98064-5427
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