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From: "Wolff, Taj " <>
Subject: Re: [NYC] Questions about SS Applications
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 09:25:37 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
Thanks for your help. I intend to consult the 1900 & 1910 census next to see then names
of other family members and with whom my grandmother lived. I believe she was the oldest
child. I know she had a sister, but don't remember talk of other siblings.
On Wed, 29 Mar 2000 10:30:17 -0500 nhallas <> wrote:
> How fussy you are about evidence depends on what you need to know. I
> suspect the priest needed only confirmation that the first husband was
> dead, or properly 'unmarried.' to his, the priest's, satisfaction before
> he performed the marriage ceremony.
> In your case, you are wise not to jump to conclusions on circumstantial
> evidence which you have not corroborated some other way. You can use
> your presumption about legitimacy as a hypothesis and see if you can
> prove it. Or disprove it.
> Jim Donnelly wrote:
> > Ellen wrote:
> > >Make notes in your genealogy program about these
> > >discrepancies. You cannot make presumptions about
> > >her legitimacy based on such flimsy evidence. See
> > >Elizabeth Shown Mills' book on Genealogical
> > >Evidence.
> > I know next to nothing about genealogical evidence, but I read an
> > interesting and at least tangentially related newspaper story a year
> > or so ago.
> > Rosemary Clooney was preparing for her second marriage, and her
> > priest told her she needed a death certificate for her first husband,
> > Jose Ferrer. She said, "Oh my, those records are in Puerto Rico, and
> > I don't know how I could get them in time for the wedding. What about
> > a front-page obituary in the Times?" and the priest said he thought
> > that might do the trick.
> > What I took from the story is that there is acceptable evidence and
> > then, on the other hand, there is acceptable evidence. At least
> > sometimes.
> > Jim Donnelly
> > Hyattsville, Maryland
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