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02 June 2012

Did Your Ancestor Change His Name?

If your ancestor "disappears" consider the possibility that he changed his name. In earlier times, a person could simply change their name without any court or other record thereof--especially if they were changing it to be distinguished from others with the same last name or similar names. It could also have been a way for an ancestor to make a new start.

And it's always a way to try and evade the authorities.

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