Re: Use of maternal surnames #general

sallybru <sallybru@...>

Ah the frustration of genealogy. Our ancestors did not live simple lives.
It could have been that sisters 7 years apart had different mothers, as men
often remarried soon after loss of a wife-someone had to keep the house and
raise the little kids. I found a 17 year old sister of my 45 year old gr
grandmother on a census; her marriage record says that her mother's maiden
name was Pankow-was that the same woman as my 2nd gr grandmother?

People also used different surnames-we have seen records in JRI-PP and
elsewhere 'Kagan v Rabinowitz' where someone was surnamed sometimes Kagan
and sometimes Rabinowitz. Unfortunately for genealogists, our ancestors
just weren't attached to their surnames like most of us.

If the records are mystifying, that is part of the fun!

Sally Bruckheimer
Albany, NY

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