witnesses to metrical records in Tsarist Russia #lithuania

Herbert Lazerow

It might help to be clearer about the function of the witness.
This is obscure in most records I have examined, but some records will
say explicitly something like: "X came to see me and told me of the birth
of his son Khaim Yankel." The witness was not a witness to the birth.
The witness is certifying that the recorder has faithfully recorded what
X told him.

Herbert Lazerow
Class of 1975 Professor of Law and Director,
Summer Law Programs Abroad
University of San Diego


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