Naming Traditions
Many of our ancestors followed traditions when naming their children. The pattern below is the one most frequently seen, and would certainly explain why large families had so many family members with the same name!
1st son father's father
2nd son mother's father
3rd son father
4th son father's oldest brother
5th son father's 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother     
1st daughter      mother's mother
2nd daughter father's mother
3rd daughter mother
4th daughter mother's oldest sister
5th daughter mother's 2nd oldest sister or father's oldest sister

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Swept March 2000


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