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Re: James McCloskey m. (Mary) Lucinda Tanksley Knox Co. MO
Posted by: Susan Nass (ID *****9061) Date: December 30, 2007 at 13:59:59
In Reply to: Re: James McCloskey m. (Mary) Lucinda Tanksley Knox Co. MO by Lori Lawrence of 830

Hi Lori,

You have to remember that the person who died did NOT fill out their death certificate. The person who did give the information 'may' have thought her first name was Mary, although she used her 'middle name' of Lucinda.

As to the surname McCLOSKEY, you have to 'listen' to how it sounds, and keep in mind that whoever is taking the census may have had an accent as well as James having an accent. When you get two diverse accents and perhaps the census taker not being able to "correctly" spell some names, you end up with some 'major garbles'! I tend to hunt by using place of birth, rough dates of birth, soundex on spellings, sometimes only search on first name and leave off the surname (keeping all other information on the screen). That's after I've tried 'proper' spellings of names, etc.

I couldn't find an arrival date for James either. he may have come to the US through Canada, or his surname was misspelled on a ship's manifest. he was definitely born in Ireland.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Keep in touch if you'd like - my 'regular' e-mail address is

Sue Nass

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