Re: Info on Gravestone and Death Certificates #general

Haviva Langenauer <havival@...>

Alex Bender found that the info on the gravestones of his ggmother and
ggrandfather indicates that each had a father named Moshe. He asks if
this is possible, or whether Moshe was used as a 'generic' name.
It is certainly possible that each one had a father named Moshe.
To the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing as a 'generic' name
used on a grave marker. Moshe was a very popular name in Jewish families.

He then went on to ask why he could not corroborate this with info on the
death certificate. Even though in each case the information came >from a
relative, who should have known the name of the father of the decedent,
the name Moshe was missing >from the death certificate. The informant
for a death certificate is often in a confused state of mind, having
recently experienced the death of a loved one. The answers which he
gives in filling out the death certificate may be incorrect or
incomplete, because of the deeply emotional time at which this is done.
There are many examples of mistakes found on death certificates in the
archives of JewishGen.

The information for the gravestone is usually provided at a time when the
family has recovered >from the emotion of the loss. They have time to
compose themselves and search out other sources to provide the correct
Hebrew names.

I would tell Alex that he should be happy that he was able to discover
the name Moshe on the gravestones.

A sad comment is that many Jewish cemeteries today restrict the
information which can be placed on the grave marker. Sometimes only
English is allowed. Our future genners will have a more difficult
time searching out info >from these sources. Perhaps we should be
careful about the purchase of this final piece of real estate that
we will acquire. Is is time to raise conciousness about this matter?

Haviva Dolgin Langenauer
South Florida

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