I have the Social Security application of one of my grandfather's
relatives. He bore the surname of his mother.
I was told that up until the early 1900's, a couple could not be married
in a civil ceremony if they could not afford the fee for a civil marriage. However, they could be married in a religious ceremony. If there was no civil ceremony, any children born of that marriage had to take the surname of the mother.
Has anyone else heard this? Does anyone have documentation?
Researching KREMER/KRAMER, GORDON, SANDLER, GINSBERG/GINSBURG,
LESNICK/LESNIAK, BEEKMAN, DAVIDOWITZ, DAVIDOV/DAVIDOFF, JABLONSKY,
IOFE/JAFFE/JOFFE/YOFFE/YAFFE, SHAPIRO, SAPOZNIK,
GLASSER >from KUPISKIS, ROKISKIS, PANDELYS, PANEVEZYS, TROSKUNAI, DVINSK
and surrounding towns.
Linda Gordon Higgins
New Orleans, LA