I recently had a breakthrough with something that’s been a thorn in my side for years, but the answers have only raised more questions. I found that a family used one surname in church records and another in civil records across several generations. I’m not sure why. The surnames are Reynolds and Troy.
The earliest records I have so far are three Waterford baptisms from the 1840s for children of Christopher Reynolds and Mary Phelan/Whelan. The family then appears in the 1861 census in Liverpool using the name Troy, and their son Edward continues using the name Troy in censuses through at least 1901. During this time numerous marriages and baptisms occur in the family still using the name Reynolds. There is actually one baptism of a grandchild of Christopher and Mary that says “Troy alias Reynolds.” My first step into this family was when I got the 1870 civil birth record of my great-great-grandmother and her mother’s maiden name was listed as Troy.
Any ideas? I still have a lot of work to do as I just made this discovery on Tuesday. I’m just wondering if there’s an obvious explanation staring me in the face I haven’t thought of.