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17 March 2013

How Close Is That Post Office?

If your ancestor lived near the county line, his "post office address" might have been in the neighboring county. Members of my Rampley family lived in Hancock County, Illinois' Walker Township, yet for a time in the late 1800s and early 1900s, their post office address was "Loraine, Illinois" in neighboring Adams County. 

Always keep your ancestor's proximity to county and township lines in mind. My relatives didn't move--their post office was changed.

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