When examining records, when one sees more than one name one hopes that the relationship between the two people will be given.

Be careful with this. Sometimes the relationship is given, and it is correct. However, look at the document. Would the person writing the document really know the relationship of the people? Maybe it was a guess! And, what about when the relationship is not given. In census records, sometimes relationships are given and sometimes not! If the relationships are not given, don’t assume that the children listed under a “head of the household” are the children of that “head”.

Be careful when trying to determine relationships. They may not be what you think!

Maggie

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