Re: Why were so many children labeled "illegitimate" in Birth Registration (Metrical) Books of Subcarpathia - late 1800s #hungary


Veronica Zundel
 

Certainly in Poland, where my mother's birth family came from, Jewish marriages were not recognized in law and there was no civil marriage, only religious, so the wife could not use the husband's name and her children would have been seen as illegitimate. This was the case with my grandparents and my mother's birth siblings (she was later adopted, the others went into the Jewish orphanage in Vienna where her parents had fled to in WWI, but got separated on the way so my grandmother had no means of supporting her children after giving birth to my mother in Vienna.

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Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych

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