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I've discovered that my great grandmother lost her mother when she was four years old. Her father remarried and had seven more children. I doubt that my great grandmother remembered or was ever told who was her biological mother.

Interesting. I have discovered a weird situation in my family, also. My great grandfather (from Romania) seems to have been born 18 - 23 years before any of his siblings. I actually have a copy of my great grandfather's 1868 birth certificate and copies of census records to piece all this together. However, the mother and father listed in the 1868 birth certificate both show up in US Census records. My grandfather never explained the age gap to me (and he probably didn't care), but he has passed away now. Maybe the "siblings" were really cousins who were adopted.

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