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05 January 2012

A Dollar Does Not Mean They Were Mad

Don't immediately conclude that just because your ancestor left his daughter a dollar in his will that he was "on the outs" with her right before he died. It may very well have been that he had provided for the daughter earlier, perhaps at her marriage, and the dollar bequest was to simply include her so that it could not been said she was "left out" or omitted from the will.

Sometimes the $1 bequest means there was some sort of falling out. And other times, it simply means that everyone was being included.

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