Re: "Unehelichen"/Illegitimacy: applied to mother or child? #germany

Susan J. Gordon

Years ago, when I first found an online copy of my grandfather's 1883 birth info and name listed as "Unehelichen"/illegitimate, I wondered why, as there was no question or doubt that his parents were married in a religious ceremony.
Since then, I have heard that listing the birth of a Jewish baby as illegitimate was common in civil records, and that it's quite likely that the records of Jewish births, like those of marriages and deaths, were reported and registered in the town's Kehilah, where Jewish records were kept - but they were not listed in the civil offices of the town.

Susan J. Gordon
White Plains NY
Lvov, Chortzkow, Skalat - LEMPERT - 

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