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baptism query

Postby katakuri » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:06 am

I've just found a Catholic baptism in which the godmother was the widowed head of household at the address where the baby was born. They don't have the same surname, and don't appear together on a census, so no relationship known, but should I assume there could be a family connection and research accordingly? Or would that be reading too much into the choice of godmother?
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Re: baptism query

Postby carobradford » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:46 am

It would certainly be unwise to *assume* that there was a family connection, but all subsidiary individuals - godparents, witnesses at marriages, visitors on census etc - should be followed up assiduously in case they prove to be a magic missing link.
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Re: baptism query

Postby sdup26 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:25 pm

Catholic godparents were very often family members, but it can't be assumed, and as carobradford says, always check them out. If the godmother you've found was a married woman, perhaps her maiden name will show a family connection.
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Re: baptism query

Postby meekhcs » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:53 pm

We have few catholic baptisms in our Family Tree, but of those we have, the majority do not have Family members as godparents.
However, as mentioned previously, it is worth following up all connections. Even though people may not be related they could still provide useful information to further your Family research.
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Re: baptism query

Postby devonliz » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:46 pm

The babie’s maternal grandmother might be a godmother, and also might have invited her daughter Home to give birth.
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