Re: Illegitimate births circa 1906 #galicia

Mark Halpern

Hi Sharon:

In Galicia, religious vs civil marriages is a very important issue that relates to the legitimacy of offspring from those marriages. If you search the JewishGen group archives at for "Galicia legitimacy," you will find many posts on this subject. 

Bottom line is there was no shame to have an illegitimate birth unless that birth was completely out of wedlock. I have never seen a birth record where it states the mother was unwed.

Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA


On 2020-05-24 2:47 pm, Sharon Taylor via wrote:

I am researching an illegitimate birth in the Stanislawow region of Galicia in 1906. The story in the family was that the mother was later sent to America because of the shame, but the child was a loved and accepted part of the family. I'm wondering if anyone out there has any research or documentation (memoirs/Yizkor books) that deal with this issue in Galicia.

Sharon Taylor   Philadelphia, PA    stay9045@...

NEMETH, KASTENBAUM, WEISNER, FLEISIG in Stanislawow and L'viv regions of Galicia    FISHER, RAPPAPORT in Lithuania

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