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How can you sort out what appears to be the same husband with two different wives but some of the same children listed in both marriages. There is not always a designation of more than one spouse.

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on 2011-04-18 14:59:00

jfleener4 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2011. is researching the following names: FLEENER, CAMPBELL, CASEY and 4 other(s).

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by iwood1349 on 2011-04-18 18:53:10

Look at death date of the wives. I have several female ancestors who died in or shortly after childbirth. The husband married almost immediately because he needed help with the kids - especially if one was an infant. Remember - childbirth was a prime cause of death 100 years ago.

by jfleener4 on 2011-04-19 11:01:51

Thanks for the great tip. Unfortunately, the case I am referring to does not have a death date for the wife. I will keep searing.

by Elainehee on 2011-04-19 22:39:16

It wasn't uncommon for the same name to appear twice, it often happened if the elder child died and the new babe given his name, another alternative is if after the death of the first wife some of the children went to other relatives.
When tracing my family I found that there was two entries for the marriage of my Great grandparents, all details accurate except in one the spelling of the surname Harvey and in the other Hervey. Great grandfather had a very thick Irish accent

by jfleener4 on 2011-04-20 12:26:37

Thanks for contributing to my growing knowledge bank regarding finding the correct relatives. So many things to consider when reading records and discovering the possible "why" of same name usage.

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