Re: Mother's surname #general

Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>

On Wed, 1 Dec 2004 14:34:34 UTC, opined:

I've noticed that in many old vital records and specifically in the JRI-Poland
database, many children's birth - and even death - records are listed as the
child having the mother's surname rather than the father's as is customary

Is that simply the way it is listed in the database, or is that likely the
name the child used throughout life? In other words, would Sarah (Bergman),
daughter of Isaac Stein and Feige Bergman be listed on a marriage certificate
as Sarah Bergman or Sarah Stein? If she immigrated to the US, which name
would she likely have used - Bergman (mother) or Stein (father)?

Somehow it seems more likely that the *father's* name would be carried down,
but there's so much I don't know....
You will find this kind of listing especially in Galician records, i.e. from
those parts of Poland that belonged to Austria in the nineteenth century.
The reason, in those cases, was simply that the parents didn't trouble to
register their marriage, so that the children were, as far as the Austrian
government were concerned, bastards, not entitled to use the surname of
their biological father. That left the mother's surname as the only
remaining option. This, it isn't hard to see, wreaks havoc with any attempt
at genealogical history.

Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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