JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Illegitimate child #general

Susan J. Gordon

My maternal grandfather's 1882 birth record >from his town, Zbaraz in
Galicia, describes him as "unehelich" - a German word for illegitimate,
born out of wedlock. I'm pretty sure that children born to parents not
married in a civil ceremony were considered illegitimate, even if the
mother and father were married in a religious ceremony (as were my

Susan J. Gordon
New York

From: Asher Vardi <ashervardi@...>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:38:27 -0700

In a couple of cases I found vital records >from Poland with a comment
in the "Comment column" saying that the child was illegitimate and
the husband acknowledged paternity. I first thought that the child was
probably born before the marriage but in my case it was the third
child of the couple. My question is: did anybody find similar cases.
Was the child born as a result of a rape? Is there any other possible
explanation? And last, why was it necessary to explicitly record this
fact. The comment about the child illegitimacy was added many years
after the birth registration.

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