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though I do have a related one. Among Jews of European ancestry, it's generally considered improper to name children after living relatives. But it's common to name children in memory of deceased antecedents.

I have a lot of generational names, Samuel, Benjamin, Samuel, Benjamin, and so on through eight or ten generations. Those aren't as bad, because there's enough difference to figure out which is which.

And then there's the ancestor who married two women named Alice. Neither has a last name that anyone can find. So several dozen descendants have Alice-1 and Alice-2 listed in their charts. (Some people are lucky enough to have this combination once. I have one ancestor from Alice-1 and another from Alice-2.)

Ah, yes. Genealogy. The perfect excuse for tearing your hair out.

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