Have you ever been researching and run into two men of the same name? How do you know which was your ancestor? If you choose the wrong individual, you could end up tracing an entirely wrong line of ancestors. I encounter this scenario often in my research and have some tricks up my sleeve to share. My recent research subject was named Edward Sullivan, born March of 1852 in West Virginia. The son of Irish immigrants, John and Julia Sullivan, Edward is first listed in their 1860 household as an 11 year-old. (1) Locality 1860, Virginia, Greenbrier, Lewisburg Post Office...
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