JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Inaccuracies in Jewish registers #general


In a message dated 98-10-17 00:55:49 EDT, writes:

<< More recently, when I lived in the USA, the census takers came around and
took information for the census. My next door neighbor thought she was
being very cute by lying about her age and making herself ten years
younger. When I asked her about it, she said that her mother had always
insisted that one never tell the authorities the truth about personal
statistics. So there you have it: some facts just become jumbled and some
are caused willfully!

Caveat emptor!

==I just speant a very pleasant and very productive day at the National
Archives in Jerusalem with the poster of the above, Martha Lev-Zion, a fourth
cousin whom I discovered through Jewish Gen--and I can verify much of what
Martha says. We went through the records of the Bernet and Himmelreich
families in the registers of another German village, Frensdorf, and found many
seeming errors in dates and in facts. Spellings, whether in German, in
Hebrew, or in Judeo-German (written in Hebrew letters), were often hilarious
and rarely consistent--even in the second half of the 19th century, and some
of the scribes tended to confuse Hebrew letters such as Chet and Tav, Dalet
and Resh, though they appeared skilled in roccoco flourishes in cursive Hebrew
and in square letters.

II heard a joke many years ago about a Jewish family in Czarist Russia,
debating whether they should register their son as being five years older--so
that he could legally marry at an early age, or as five years younger so that
he would be too young to be conscripted into the army. They go to consult
with the rabbi and after much pondering he suggests that they register him by
the correct date. The parents slap their foreheads: "Wow! I'd never thought
of that."

Michael Bernet


BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, (Bavaria)
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF(F): Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Furth, Yugoslavia, Westchester
WOLF, Sali & Rachel, Rotterdam, murdered by Dr. Petiot, Paris ca 1942
WEIL[L], Albert, Fr. hon. consul in Nurnberg; returned to France 1936/7.

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