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Illegitimate children


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I have found several ancestors in my line (mid to late 1800's) who bore children "out of wedlock". The first time I found this, I was somewhat surprised...now, I just think, "Well, here's another one!"
Was this more common than we have been led to believe? All those stories of straightlaced Victorians appear to be a bit exaggerated. Or was it, as an elderly relative told me not too long ago, that women were "taken advantage of"?

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