Attic Marriages #austria-czech


holijoli@...
 

I had never heard the Term "attic marriage". However, in the Czech
birth records there are columns for "ehelich" and "unehelich", meaning
legitimate and illegitimate. In light of familiant laws and the civic
recording of all births, and since, for the most part the Jewish
community was observant (and judgmental), I find it hard to believe
that religious but not civil unions were uncommon. One of my
ancestors had 6 unehelich children between 1840 and 1849. All took
place in her father's home. Three months after the 6th child was
born, she was able to marry the father of her children. I think they
became legitimized after the fact. She and her husband proceeded to
have 3 more children.

Susan L. Lubow

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