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Re: re our mackerness goode, jr/ mackerness goode, sr/ reeves martin
Posted by: Dave Goode (ID *****3641) Date: June 21, 2010 at 14:40:21
In Reply to: re our mackerness goode, jr/ mackerness goode, sr/ reeves martin by belva cauthen of 2727

Belva,

An important consideration you may not have pondered when it comes to "proof" for any given relationship you are researching, is that the meaning of words such as Jr. or junior have evolved over the years.

It has come to my attention, for example, during my 30+ years of genealogical research, that 'junior' has not always meant son of 'senior' but instead once upon a time meant 'the younger' to distinguish between men in the same community with a common family name, by virtue of their age rather than paternity.

So the "proof" you have referred to regarding one Mackerness Goode being the son and/or father of another, is questionable, a matter of interpretation, and requires more conclusive evidence.

Dave Goode


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