[APG Public List] Newborn Given Temporary Name?

Jacqueline Wilson wilssearch at me.com
Sat Jul 31 12:13:40 MDT 2010

I was named "baby girl" until I got my name a few days/weeks later.
Jacqueline Wilson
Evanston, IL

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On Jul 31, 2010, at 1:06 PM, Patti Hobbs wrote:

Yes, and then there's my great-grandmother who, with a maiden name  
that was common, decided to not use her given name at all and went by  
something totally different ... actually two somethings totally  
different.  I've never found any record after the 1880 census (which  
of course I found only after the help of family researchers who were  
able to tell me what her *real* name was) where she used the first or  
middle name which her parents gave her.


On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:46 PM, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG <Elissa at powellgenealogy.com 
 > wrote:
My uncle, John Anthony was named Anthony John at birth after his two  
grandfathers. He said he migrated the name from A. John to John A.  
during his school years. He related that there was a big family to-do  
about his name (first born son to immigrants) with each side vying for  
first name rights.

Yours may be a similar case where the name just did not “stick”. Not  
that it was temporary but that what the census informant thought they  
knew didn’t turn out to be the case later.

This may be a good case study for a journal once you figure it out.

-- Elissa

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


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From: On Behalf Of Donna McR
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:59 PM

The 1880 census of the household of Frank and Sallie Fuller [names  
changed for privacy] records a baby named John Fuller as born May 1880.

A John Fuller of this age never appears again, as far as I can tell  
from a thorough census search and search of other family documents.

I need to determine reasonably that William Albert Fuller, also born  
in May 1880 according to his tombstone, is the son of the couple  
above.  His parents' will and probate are not available, and their  
1900 census is nowhere to be found (even after a thorough, downright  
obsessive search---definitely exhaustive).

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