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Saturday, December 19, 2020

I Hate Researching Common Names

It's a conundrum. Either the name is too complex and/or unique that you can't find them in databases, or you are forced to search for a name like Mary Smith. Even her husband Israel Smith is more common than I would like to see. 

I found the family in 1860 In Chautauqua county, New York. I found Israel with one of his daughters in 1865. No Mary. Nothing for either of them on Find-a-Grave. 

I did find an index giving a death date to an Israel Smith in Hanover, New York for May 15, 1891. It could be him. 

Way too many hits on these names. Sigh.

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