Re: Marriage date of 29 February 1887! #poland #records

C.W. Kirschbaum

We came upon the same problem in civil records from Mogilev/Belarus. The birthday of a family member was given as 29 February 1881. What immediately strikes us as an impossibility today didn't seem to bother some clerks back then. I understand that the Julian calendar applies the same leap day rule as the Gregorian calendar, so the ambiguous calendar date cannot be explained that way. We decided to attribute it to clerical error and/or sloppiness.
Claudia Witte-Kirschbaum
KIRSCHBAUM (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz, Nizhny Novgorod)
DUMTSCHIN (Mogilev, Nizhny Novgorod)
LANDAU (Brzesko)
FRISCH (Bochnia)

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