JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Different birthdates #general


Shelley Mitchell
 

Joan Silverman asked "which birthdate should I use."

In all my years of doing research on my family, I have discovered that the
census birth years are often wrong. If the person was under the age of 17 and
traveling alone, they often added to their years to be eligible to travel alone.
It's the same with enlistment records. Many men wanted to seem old enough to
enlist.

For women, it was often the opposite. All my great aunts seem to have grown
younger with each marriage. I've even seen headstones with a different date.

If you have a birth certificate, I would go with that date. I'm pretty sure most
Jews knew when they was born. But if they went by the Jewish calendar, they may
not know the corresponding Julian calendar date. So it only seems that they
don't know when they were born. They may not know the date on our calendar.

Shelley Mitchell
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