Re: Illegitimate births circa 1840 #germany

Ernst-Peter Winter

Please note that "unehelich" may mean illegitimate, but it
also means out of wedlock
Sorry, what's the difference between "illegitimate" and "out
of wedlock"?

I understand "unehelich" to mean a child born outside a
legally constituted marriage. This means that the child has
no rights against the father, e.g. it cannot inherit
anything. In the case of a subsequent marriage, the father
must expressly recognise the child as having been produced
by him in order to grant him the same rights as the other
children of this marriage.

Ernst-Peter Winter, M√ľnster, Hesse

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