Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general


Sally Bruckheimer
 

"A father's name is much more likely to be missing if the parents weren't married. "

A father's name is much more likely to be missing if the parents weren't married CIVILLY.  Couples were often not allowed to marry civilly or it was highly taxed, so couples married religiously only. This was the common reason that children were 'illegitimate' in records, and often they were required to use their mother's surname, not their father's.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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