September 1981 Collage

Old Naming Pattern

The 1st son was named after father's father

The 2nd son was after the mother's father

The 3rd son was after the father

The 4th son was after the father's eldest brother

The 1st daughter after mother's mother

The 2nd daughter after the father's mother

The 3rd daughter after the mother

The 4th daughter after the mother's eldest sister


This was a common tradition for naming children but was not used by all.  It often gives a clue as to the name of the grandparents who identities are often elusive.


The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society was organized in May 1970, a non-profit organization, its primary purpose is education in the field of genealogy. Membership is open to individuals upon payment of the annual dues of $10, or a couple for $15, per year, beginning in May. Life membership is available for a one-time payment of $250.

CGCGS publishes a quarterly "The Collage of Cape County" in March, June, September, and December, sent free to members. All members are encouraged to submit articles for publication.


Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society
PO Box 571, Jackson, MO 63755
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The CGCGS Library is located in the Research Room at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, Jackson, MO and is open during regular Archive Center hours. Our meetings are held at The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington in Jackson MO, bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., unless announced otherwise.


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