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I finally finished researching a doozie of a case. Soldier was an only child born in 1911, so I had to trace the children of his 17 aunts and uncles – born between 1862 and 1899 – to identify his cousins for next of kin. He had exactly 50 first cousins, but they were all deceased.
So then I traced the children of these 50 first cousins to find all his first cousins once removed. All told, there were 65 of them, and the oldest 2 will be his next of kin.
This is one of those old Southern families with Harvard doctors in the mix – the kind that have multi-part names that are different combinations of surnames from the family history. It’s a tradition I appreciate, but I encountered so many variations of the same dozen or so names that I had the sense they were tossing them in the dryer, letting them tumble about, and just going with the first 2 to 4 that spilled out.
As a result, the next of kin for the soldier – I can’t use his real name, so for illustrative purposes, let’s say it was SHELBY JENKINS – turned out to be a first cousin once removed named – wait for it… – JENKINS SHELBY.
And just for fun, the next in line for next of kin are 88 year old twins, so I have to find out which one was born first!