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From: "Dale H. Cook" <>
Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Different Given Names ?
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2011 10:31:12 -0500
At 08:33 AM 1/9/2011, Betty Fredericks wrote:
>I discovered one of his female ancestors went by both Catherine
>SMITH and Mary SMITH in different records.
>I'm wondering if immigrants from Europe or other places arriving in
>the larger cities in 1800's decided to use whatever name they wanted to use
In that case, because she was Irish, and presumably Roman Catholic,
she may have elected to use her confirmation name rather than her given name.
Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project
Administrator of http://plymouthcolony.net