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Same Name, Must be the Same Person

12-10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm


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An unprepared family historian can waste valuable research time tracking a supposed ancestor who isn’t actually in the person’s family; on the other hand, the family historian might not realize that an ancestor used more than one name. This talk discusses points related to personal identity to keep in mind when researching. Learn the kinds of unique identifiers that you can use to recognize ancestors, no matter what name they used, and differentiate them from other same-named people, so you will research your own ancestors, and not someone else’s.

About our Speaker

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, has a master’s degree in library science and graduate certificate in archives. She started doing genealogical research in 1979, and was Vice-Chairman for Lineage Research in New York State for the NSDAR from 2013 to 2019. She belongs to several genealogical societies. Her training as a librarian helps in developing talks about research for genealogists.

Articles she has written have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Family Tree Magazine. She writes a column for the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy and Museum News.

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm