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And, as people migrated west and south, there was less record-keeping being done because many of the locations were barely settled. People died and were simply buried on the property. Children were born at home and no record, other than possibly a bible reference, was made.

I've been grateful that my mother's family all stayed in the same small area. I can't imagine how people coped when there was something listed like: "born in wagon train crossing the prairie."

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