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Rev. David Elkins and Abraham Lincoln and Spencer County, Indiana

Rev. David Elkins was the brother of my 4th great grandfather (John H. Elkins) on my father's side of my family tree. David was born about 1779 in Montgomery County, Virginia, where most of my father's ancestors lived for generations. Around the year 1800, when he was about 21, David…
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First Names

I noticed that people's first names often changed throughout their lives. Here are a few I've extracted. Danie Mathilda Hanning is first called Matilda in the census when she's 6 months old. 10 years later she is called Maudana. Most other records called her Danie. Johanne "Lenora" "Caroline" Christiane Hanning…
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Interesting Tidbits


As I go through the documents and photos, I have made various observations: None of the photos ever show the women pregnant, and yet most were pregnant most of their lives. In the few photos that show hands, married people often don't have wedding rings. I noticed this in photos…
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