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06 January 2013

Never Really Changed the Name

If your male ancestor died, is it possible that the mother married again and that her children with the first husband are listed in subsequent records with their step-father's last name? Children could easily be enumerated in census records with the mother and actual step-father under his last name with no real indication that he was not the biological father and regardless of whether he legally adopted them or not.


  1. I've observed this happening often in the census records.

  2. This has happened more than a few times in my research as well. It causes problems for years but when it is found, it is wonderful because at least now you found your person and the reason why you couldnt find them is known!!