November 28, 2014

Surprise! My Aunt’s Given Name Was Jeanette!

Jeane Moline birth certif copy

If you remember, I said in a previous post Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline? that I was sending for my Aunt Jeane Moline Davis’ birth certificate to see what name her parents had given her.

First of all, I have to say, I had a lot of the information in order to be able to fill in the date, parents, etc., which made it pretty easy for the Health Dept. in Olympia to find the right person I was looking for. I was able to order online one day and I got the certificate the next day.  I should say, I only live an hour away from Olympia, so that was probably the reason for the fast service.

Now, here was the surprise: My aunt’s first name was neither Jeane or Eleanor, but Jeanette.  All my life though we always called her Jeane.  This brings me to the next mystery then.  My own mother was originally named Mildred Alice Moline.  Just to make this harder though, the birth certificate for Jeane shows no middle name! Ugh!

The middle sister was named Joyce Lorraine. I’ve never sent for her birth certificate but I have her military records showing her legal name (I presume).  I don’t remember the exact year but before 1965 my grandfather filled out an affidavit that changed my mom’s name to Joan Alice Moline.  So, the daughters were officially Jeane, Joyce and Joan. Or, as the Swedish relatives would probably say, “Yeen, Yoyce and Yown”. ;)

I’ve added the full image (minus the ‘copy’ info) to Jeane’s profile on Ancestry.

 

Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline?

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Legal Names and Family Names

L-R: Donald, Helen, Joan, Jeane; on floor: Joyce Moline

It’s always been a puzzle to me just what my aunt Jeane’s first name was legally. Was it Eleanor Jeane Moline as it was noted in my Nordgren great grandfather’s bible page, or was it Jeane Eleanor Moline as her son Lee and the rest of the family always thought it to be?

I’m hoping that in a week or so that mystery will be put to rest. Today I ordered her birth certificate from the State of Washington and hopefully they will find the right record (nope, no refunds) and put this issue to rest.  In my opinion, it wasn’t inexpensive to order the birth record at $31.50 a pop, but having documentation that proves a name is vital.

I suppose I have a special affinity for my aunt Jeane since I was named after her (my middle name) because my mom was very close to her. She and my uncle Jim Davis named their first born after my dad’s middle name (Dad was William Gale Yates) and chose Leland Gale.  Jeane and Jim’s daughter was named after my mom and her name is Lynne Joanne Davis.


Next post: A review of a photo to canvas print of my grandma Helen Nordgren Moline by Easy Canvas Prints.

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