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What do you do if none of the dates match- do you just assume these are other people and how much leeway do you give for communication issues

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on 2010-07-13 17:19:46

Elizabethm has been a Family Tree Circles member since Apr 2010. is researching the following names: LYNAM, YEAGER, FRABRIZIO and 1 other(s).

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by allycat on 2010-07-14 03:38:58

It's hard to give specific advice based on your general question, but basically if dates given don't match and they've been taken from a Census for example, Census takers were notorious for rounding children's ages up/down. And if a surname is a fairly unusual one that is uncommon you can practically bet your bottom dolllar that you have found your ancestral family even if the dates don't match.

What do you mean re: communication issues?

by Elizabethm on 2010-07-14 09:11:13

Thank you for responding
By communication issues I mean language barriers ie italin vs. english
A little background - my gr grands came from Italy and settled in Solvay (Syracuse) NY- they are rumored to have traveled on the same boat- Pasquele DeSantis and Filomena Fabrizio. Filomenas sister Grazalle is supposed to have traveled with her and we think she married a Testa. We found the Dissentis in the 1900 census his name is now Patrck and she is Fanny- the chikdren are right so we know this is them
In the 1900 census In the 1910 census
im date 1885 1888
ages Pat45 50
Fanny 40 49
yrs married 13 20
These aren't the real things that bother me because I know this is them - the problem comes in going back the next step. My brother found a record that had a Filomena and Orazia traveling together but it is dated 1877 and Filomena was 30 and Grace was either 7mos or 7yrs. My brother (who is a priest and studied in Italy) had a friend do some research found Filomena and Grazia in Carovilli (where we think they are from) the problem is the bdays 1845 & 1850. Filomena had her last child in 1900- my gram- not impossible but not likely. I also found a record for the birth of a child who I think is thiers dated 1887 in Manhattan which we always thought was their arrival yr-in both census she had 1 more child born then was living- At any rate what do you think Thank you Ps are you also researching Lynam? This is one of my branches too

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