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11 January 2009

Is a title mixed up in the name?

An ancestor of mine was John Rucker. In some records he is listed as "Captain John Rucker." In some cases "captain" ends up being his first name. Of course, this makes a difference in how his name appears in an index or an online database.

Did your ancestor have a title? Is it making him difficult or impossible to find?


  1. Of course, it's also difficult when a title is a person's name. The oldest son of my ancestor William Lewis, who was a major in the Revolutionary War, was Major Lewis (and he was born before his father served). And my half-brother's grandfather was Officer Roberts.

  2. Sometimes I think our ancestors gave their children these names just to make it more difficult to find them (grin!).