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Looking for any information on my great grandfather Charles B. Patterson, he fought in the Spanish American War in the Phillipines. He may have been originally from Minnesota, born appx 1883 and died in 1952 in a car accident with his wife Elizabeth Lawso
He would not speak of his parents all his life. He married in Indiana and died in Indianapolis.
When doing genealogical research we all know that a persons name is the strongest clue to the next person we search for. For many years naming traditions were used as to honor a parent or grandparent, but these patterns have became a valuable asset to genealogist. When a couple married and proceeded to have children the following name patterns existed: First born boy-maternal grandfathers first name, First born girl-maternal grandmothers first name, Second born boy-paternal grandfathers first name,Second born girl-paternal grandmothers first name, Third born boy-fathers first name, Third born girl-mothers first name. As more children in the family were born you will probably find aunts, uncles,and other names of extended family members used. If a child is born and one of it's older siblings has died that name may be given to the baby in honor of the lost one. If not sure of a mothers given last name or the maternal grandmothers look at her children's names. Very often the last name may be a middle name given to one of her children. I hope this hint works for others as well as it has helped me in my search for the past.
Samantha (Davis) Gentile
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