« Last post by LazyDaisy on Today at 01:44:59 PM »
My mother does extensive genealogy both for my own family and for others -- is entirely possible for a family to have more than one child named exactly the same. Mom has found several families that lost multiple children before the age of one and they would just name the next child the same name as the one who died. It could be a "family name" they were just intent on passing along. So yes, there could definitely be 2 Bertha Eugene O'Mally's born to the same parents within a year or two. A family researcher would want to know is this just a date "typo" or truly another child. Also, errors in general are frustrating to family historians -- mom has found records that indicate a child was born to parents listed as dead a year or two before, and parents who were listed as born after their childI do family history work and obituaries can be an important source of information, though I know not to trust all the information given just because they're often put together in a rush in the middle of emotional chaos, and sometimes people get things wrong just on accident. I can see how stating a specific date, which does not correspond closely to the official legal date, might be misleading in the sense of creating confusion in genealogical research, so I might avoid it for that reason. I didn't get the impression that her concern was future genealogists, though. I think I would just not state a specific date and go with "married 50 years" or whatever.
I have a curiosity about this, so slightly highjacking.
If you were doing family geneology and learned say that you had recorded a birth date as Jan, 7 1896 because that was what was on the tombstone but later ran across a document that indicates a date of Jan 7, 1898, what would the impact be to your research? I'm asking because my as this is specific to a grandparent issue. The tombstone says one year but there is a census form someone else ran across that seems to show a handwritten 1908. There was lots of back and form within the family about which was right and maybe the tombstone was wrong or maybe it really says 08 but others think the handwritten 8 is really a 6. My opinion is who cares? One family geneolgist said that if the same woman was listed with different birth dates is could be confusing to future researches. I said I figured a future researcher would probably be able to couldn't figure out there wasn't 2 Bertha Eugene O'Mally born in the same small county within two years of to the same parents.
To the Dear Abby letter. I think the daughter should just omit the info altogether rather than create more confusion. To the living today it may not matter at all -- but a hundred years from now, a family historian may find two marriage dates and wonder if there was a previous spouse that time has erased the name of.