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Multiple baptisms for the same person?
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  laurapinto
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In my searches through the church records, I am sometimes running across two baptisms for a person of the same name (and same parents). For example, my great grandmother, Anna Gambino (daughter of Vito Gambino & Maria Mannino), is listed as having been baptized both on January 14 1891 and also on June 4, 1893. Obviously infant mortality was a bigger issue back then, so my guess has just been that perhaps when a baby died, parents would give a subsequent child of the same gender the same name. Is this correct? Or was there some custom of being baptized twice? It seems unlikely that there would be completely erroneous multiple entry in the church baptism records.

The thought occurred to me that I could check burial/death records for a death date for that name in between the two baptism dates, but unfortunately the examples I've seen so far of dual baptisms are outside the range of dates for burial records available on the Carini Exchange website. I've been visiting Ancestry.com as well, but it seems like unless you sign up for the expensive membership, they're not much help with European records.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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