Have you ever been confused by the same name cropping up again and again in your family tree? I don't mean the surnames - that's part of the reason behind it all! - but surnames coupled with given names. It can be very useful - after all, it is easier to trace Otho POPHAM and his son, Otho POPHAM - or Archelaus EDWARDS and his son, Archelaus EDWARDS - but how about if the name is not so unusual?
Take, for instance, my great great great grandfather, John ELLIOTT. Baptised in 1785 in South Pool, Devon. On This Day, incidentally: he was baptised on 29 January 1785. His father was also John ELLIOTT. And his grandfather - John ELLIOTT. And his great-grandfather - John ELLIOTT. And his great great grandfather - John ELLIOTT - all in the same small village. I received a GEDCOM a few years back, where the researchers who had contributed had obviously got completely confused by all these John ELLIOTTs - and the result was such a tangle that it took me months to try and work it out.
And, BTW, the first John 1785 had a son - yes, you've guessed it - called John. I'm so glad I descend from his sister, Eliza...except she went and married a man called John...
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