Re: more than church records?
- Trying to figure out families with same surnames who give their children same first names in same village is quite the challenge in genealogy which may take more patience with research and collecting of the collateral families . My answer ? STUDY BOTH FAMILIES !
Are house numbers written in the records ?? With both ANNAs, keep track of who is living in what houses throughout baptisms and marriages and deaths , even the baptisms of their children .
In the situation you describe , I would follow both ANNAs through life through the records . For example , in an exact " same name , same birth year " scenario, I found that the one died as an infant so in the process of elimination , I knew the living one married and was my ancestor.
Or I have a situation where I followed both females with same names to death records and luckily , death record said exact age in years , weeks , days so I could pinpoint mine .
In some cases , the Koma system of godparents helped me make the decision . Felix Game wrote a great article about the Koma system in helping to figure out individuals , under "Problem: Two girls; same age, same name, same village. Which one did he marry? " at http://www.felix-game.ca/html_files/prepond.html.
However , I do not know if Slovakians had this same godparent custom if the families you are working with are Slovakian in origins .
Sometimes the marriage record of both ANNAs' children glean something ( like a parent is a marriage witness ) .
The 1869 census would be helpful , no doubt .
Good Luck . Magda
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, Peg's Gmail <pegivanyo@...> wrote:
> I'm wondering if someone can give me a brief tutoring in what records, beyond those church records available on microfilm and familysearch.org, might be available to help establish relationships from one generation to another? It appears that in a large portion of the records I've been reading, the marriage records don't give parents names, just witnesses. They do often give place of origin, which obviously helps some. Nevertheless, I obviously need more.
> For instance, let's say I reconstructed a family living in Vinne. Let's say they have an Anna born in 1855 in addition to other children. Then in another section of records I find an Anna, same surname, married in 1875, at age 20, from Vinne. The chances are pretty good that these two could be a match. But let's also say that Anna's paternal uncle had an Anna born in 1876, also living in Vinne. With the limited amount of information on the marriage record, I have no way to determine which family the married Anna belongs to.
> So, for you more advanced researchers...are there census, civil, or other records available in Slovakia that researchers there can access, or that I could write for, that will help solve these kinds of challenges?