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Feeling different if they was a direct ancestor.


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Sometimes we find that an ancestor had an illegitimate child prior to their marriage, yet you cannot find a potential father for the child, and the child never took on the mothers husband's surname, indicating the man she married probably was not the father. But the child is not your direct ancestor and you think "Oh well my one was born within the parents marriage" so no big deal.

However if the child was your direct ancestor, it would be a totally different ball game and you'd spend hours trying to find a small clue to the father of the child, scouring blanket searches of bastardy bonds/maintenance orders/newspaper records etc.

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