Re: Date of Birth input into databases #advice

Marion Werle
 

Currently, JewishGen (or LitvakSIG) databases are not searchable by birth year, let alone birthdate, nor are birth records complete, or even available, for every Litvak town. You should also be aware that any birthdates supplied by immigrants in the locale where they settled are not necessary accurate. All immigrants ultimately took an official birthdate, which may or may not reflect when they were actually born. In many cases, they may not even have known - maybe an approximate date and proximity to a holiday (Pesach, Purim, Shavuot). Unless you can actually find a birth record, you will be lucky to figure out the year of birth (perhaps from a revision list or marriage record, although there was also incentive to lie on revision lists, especially for males of draft age).

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