Re: Chicago repeat marriage in mid 20th C. #usa #general


Yes. Something similar happened to me. I was born in April 1937 but my birth was not recorded until almost 3 years later in February 1940. The doctor who delivered me by cesarean section simply failed to record my birth.

In the case of your relative, they probably needed to produce a marriage certificate in 1950 and discovered their marriage had not been recorded by whoever conducted it (probably a rabbi). So the least expensive solution was to get married again, perhaps in a private ceremony conducted by some county official.

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