Naming patterns can be a blessing and a curse for researchers. On the one hand they can provide clues, helping to connect individuals to families, and on the other hand can be confounding when trying to single out a single ancestor from dozens more with the same name, especially those found in the same time period and in the same general location.
The convention of naming children after parents, grandparents, and siblings can result a dozen or more children of the same name in space of a generation. And that is to say nothing of that same pattern being repeated in many parts of the world people, compounded by common given names and surnames.
So what is a researcher to do?
Among the first principles in genealogy research is to work from the know to the unknown and to verify what you find. That said, the following suggestions may help.
No matter how much in common two persons of the same name may be, each person is unique and can only be in one place at one time: at some point there will be the one key that distinguishes one from another.
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