Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Are these the Same Janes?
The image above is the first name of two individuals from the Macon County, Missouri, 1860 census. Taken by the same enumerator, the first names are written in different households in different townships. In issue 52 of Casefile Clues, I make the case that not only are these two names both the same, but they in fact are the same person enumerated twice.
This name is not that unusual, so there is more to our conclusion that these are the same person than simply the name.
The second name was interpreted years ago as something else, and Ancestry.com interpreted it as something different as well.