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03 May 2014

Are You Using Onomastic Evidence?

Sometimes genealogists use the fact that families use similar first names as "evidence" the families are related. Relationships between families suggested by shared first names should be validated with other records and onomastice information should be used as a clue. Just because a four syllable word is used to describe evidence does not mean it's any more accurate.

1 comment:

  1. Parents often named their children for important persons in the country (presidents, etc.) or for important persons (doctors, preachers, etc.) in their locality. Same name does not imply kinship!