Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Miss

In the last few days there have been several posts on the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Facebook Page about the word Miss. There are people that don’t recognize this word because in older documents it is written with an old style double S. You will commonly see this on marriage records and it gives you a clue that the woman was not previously married. Here are some examples from my files.

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When I have a woman specifically referred to as Miss or Mrs. I record that name as an AKA.

 

Copyright © 2015 Michele Simmons Lewis

3 comments:

  1. I first encountered the "double S" while reading an early census. That county had many people with the name of "Bap." Strange name! Turns out it was really "Bass."

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    1. You see the double S in old newspapers but since they are typeset it is much easier to see and figure out.

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  2. Good reminder. An untoward number of indexes list the surname "Snodgrap." Sigh.

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