Risa Becker writes: "Was it common at that time in NYC to have a religious
marriage prior to a civil ceremony?"
When did they arrive in the US? Usually the issue is a foreign issue. In
Europe, many Jewish children were considered "illegitimate" because their
parents only had a religious ceremony. It's possible that when they arrived,
they either hadn't had a civil marriage or the civil marriage was just
recorded later. I'm pretty sure that once you have a religious marriage in
NYC, the officiator records the marriage with the local government office.
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