How Old Did He Have To Be…?

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM

Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802?
Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.

(Image source: “The Carolina Constitution“, by John Locke, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.

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