What’s in a name?

Often we find some information that seems to fit but the name is wrong. Keep in mind that there are several ways of referring to a person. My father-in-law was named Melacthon Edward. My mother-in-law called him Leonard. He was known as Ed at work and his family called him Anthie. Could be confusing if you didn’t know the family history. Agnes is another name that has many derivations. It can also be Nancy, Nan, Anne, Annie, Nonnie, Hanah. If the date and place seem to fit but the name does not, then do further research to trace this person. It may turn out that all those names refer to one person; or several. Only research will tell. Happy hunting!