Many people have been able to lay claim to relatives born in the 1700s & 1600s. Just how do they go about proving this? I ask because recently having counted up 9 distinct & separate SMITH families in my tree one of whom is a 5th Gt.G'Mother in Sussex. Her dtr Ruth was born in 1752 to George Wenham & Elizabeth. On Sussex F.H. Group site I have found three poss. births for Elizabeth- one of which -1726 - has a Mother with same name as her dtr. not a lot of them about. Still I cannot decide definitely that is the correct birth. -All Willingdon. She may have been born elsewhere. Same prob with her husband George.He may have been an out of towner. So just how do people decide on which are their family? Not asking for research of names help, more a HOW do they do it? So many same names doesn't help with children naming patterns. Just a little more frustration to add to the pile. Just by the way, Elizabeth is my 9th SMITH, of whom I wasn't aware until I joined SFHG possibly jinxed/ helped myself with this comment back in Nov. Code: https://genealogy-specialists.com/threads/wither-they-wander-through-sussex.8779/page-2 #26 "Perhaps I shall go away & research 'Smith' or Jones'...Wendy"