Re: Meaning of "selbst" in Galician Death Records #galicia


Bill Kaufman wrote:

In early 19th century Galician death records the column for recording
the name of decedent's father often contains the word that appears to
be "selbst" or "selbst". Does this mean that the decedent appeared
himself (or herself) with no one able to inform who the father was?
== "Selbst" is German for "self," or himself" or "the same." The decedent
is the deceased person, not the person who reported the death. I doubt that
many people went to enter their own names in the death register.

==Selbst would refer to the person who reported the death. If the
father of the deceased was "selbst," one would have to assume that the
reporter was the father of the deceased, now reporting the death of his
child -- an all-too-common event in those tough times

Michael Bernet, New York

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