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10 January 2012

Age of Discretion

If you see that your ancestor is listed in a document as "choosing" their own guardian, it typically means that they have arrived at the age of discretion. This age is typically 14. Your ancestor may still be listed in that document as an infant. An infant is usually someone under the age of consent, which is often 18 for females and 21 for males, but there are exceptions.

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