Re: Passenger lists #lithuania #records

Stephen Weinstein

The birth date listed as 1886 on various census records and a death record does not have to be incorrect just because you think the parents were married in 1887.  First, it is possible to have children without getting married first.  Second, you might have the date of the marriage wrong.  Third, the child could be from a previous marriage.  Fourth, because of governmental restrictions on marriages by Jews (which were meant to lower the Jewish birthrate, but weren't very successful), Jews often married according to Jewish law and began living together, having children, etc., years before they were able to become legally married in the eyes of the state, in some cases when their children were already grown; the wedding for which you find a record is not necessarily the first time that the bride and groom married each other.

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