A. S. Cohen <ascohen@...>
David Goldman wrote:
Charles Lapkoff wrote:
I, too, have heard of the practice of changing a male's age so he wouldn't
have to go into the Czar's army. Another practice I have heard of was to
change birthdates of females to make them appear to be younger than they
really were. Sometimes, males' ages were also increased. This was done to
protect their sisters >from appearing to be too old.
On the question of age, I have been looking at the LDS microfilms of
congregational marriage and birth records >from the 1800s for Minsk. It
looks like information is contained in these records >from more than just
the local Minsk municipality. Does anyone know how often information from
the outlying shtetls was reported? Was it the practice to report births
and marriages immediately to some central authority or were there times
during the year when this information was reported? Or, given the
antipathy toward serving in the army, might births of sons, for example,
have been delayed or not reported at all?
Allan S. Cohen
University of Wisconsin
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