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Old 03-20-2018, 12:44 PM
 
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"Smith" is the most common name in America......

By state.........
https://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/whats-...in-your-state/
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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One of the most common full names in Florida belongs to Mr. "Hey Yaall". Apparently, he has a lot of relatives in Georgia, Alabama and Texas.
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:31 PM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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Which makes it interesting for those of us sifting through Jones, Williams and a couple of other names trying to get back more than 4-5 generations.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:24 PM
 
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Yeah, my grandfather was a "Smith" with a common first name. Unfortunately, he was estranged from his wife and children from an early date so we know nothing about his extended family. We've had no luck tracing that line farther back than him.
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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I have at least two different families of them. They are a stopping point.
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:10 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Yeah, my grandfather was a "Smith" with a common first name. Unfortunately, he was estranged from his wife and children from an early date so we know nothing about his extended family. We've had no luck tracing that line farther back than him.
You should be able to order a copy of the marriage license if it's not online. Without knowing anything else, it's hard to give advice.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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Yeah, my grandfather was a "Smith" with a common first name. Unfortunately, he was estranged from his wife and children from an early date so we know nothing about his extended family. We've had no luck tracing that line farther back than him.
That's why I take pity on the "Smiths" and "Jones" while I work on my tree in Ancestry. Whenever I stumble across an obituary or other important information for someone named Smith or Jones, I go out of my way to add them to my tree, even though I might not necessarily be related to them. I do this to be helpful for other people who are researching these family names.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Smith, Johnson, and Williams were very "busy" ancestors/people !

Great, funny, interesting thread, OP!
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: The High Desert
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Luckily my only Smith was around 1750. Don't have to deal with it that much.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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I would have thought that Michigan would have a LaLastname. There's a million of them in this state.
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