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Listing step-mother as mother in records

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Listing step-mother as mother in records

Posted: 2 Jul 2013 11:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
What is your feeling or perception for errors in records, because the stepmother is listed instead of the birth mother? I have run into at least three situations like this recently, and am doing a really good job of getting confused.

The example on my husband's line is doubling confusing because it happened in successive generations. So the baptismal record for the children of that 1890s generation list the step grandmother, who was married to the ancestor, but then it lists her second husband instead of the birth ancestor! In all of these cases, the parent died when the child was young, age 3-6. The marriage took place in a village rather distant from the home village, and I suspect that the priest relied on the couple's recollection of who grandpa and grandma were.

So I just taking a poll to see if any of you have also experienced that.

Mary

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