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Thursday, May 28, 2009
  The First Name Game
The First Name Game

The Name is the Same

Lizzie Rampley had some explaining to do to the pension department when she applied for her husband James' Civil War pension. There was a problem. Her name on the marriage license to James Rampley indicated she was born Nancy Newman, not Lizzie. The difference needed to be explained. Some potential pension claims were fraudulent, and Lizzie would have to explain why she married under one first name and was applying under another one. Inconsistent names in applications gave government officials reasonable cause to be suspicious.

There was a reason for the name difference, and it had nothing to do with fraud. The story is partially explained in the pension file itself with an affidavit from Lizzie's sister-in-law, Nancy Rampley.

The rest of the article can be viewed on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter which ran on 7 May 2009 .

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Sunday, February 15, 2009
  Partitioning the Relatives
Partitioning the Relatives

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I write "Casefile Clues" a weekly genealogy newsletter focusing on genealogy research methodology and interpretation. Every week I look at a record or a problem from one of the many families of my children scattered across the US and Europe. "Casefile Clues" does not try to "scoop" the latest news, rather I focus on using and interpreting records. My goal is to give you ideas to help you with your own research. Since 1995, I have written over 600 genealogy columns for both Ancestry and Eastman's Online Newsletter. My new columns for Casfile Clues are distributed only through this site.

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