Handwriting Analysis of name from Death Certificate #usa #records #general


I'd like some help interpreting the surname in Box 10: Father of Decedent (attached). The online form says Behner. To me it looks like Belmas or Behnas.


Jeff Fine
Montclair, NJ, USA
Family names/towns
Sekuran, Bessarabia (Shecter, Eisenberg)
Igumen, Minsk, Belarus (Ekelchik, Sussman)
Minsk(?) (Fine, Z(w)erlin)
Ulanow, Poland (Hassenfeld, Laufer, Reich, Ölbaum)

Avrohom Krauss

Perhaps it is "Behrman"
Avrohom Krauss
Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone) ISRAEL
Researching: KRAUS, GOTTFRIED, MONAT from PRZEMYSL (Galicia) Poland/ KINSTLICH, GREENBERG, SCHMIDT from Tarnobrzeg, Rozwadow, Ulanow (Galicia) Poland
KLOTZ from Telsiai, Lithuania/ ROGOZIN, KAPLOWITZ, from Vyazyn, Ilya, Vilyayka, Belarus /LAPIDUS, SOKOLSKY, ROGOZIN, Maladzyechna, Belarus


I would agree with "Belmas."  Definitely not an "h" in there--look at how the "h" is constructed in "chronic" to the right.  The "m" seems to match how the person wrote that letter in the word "memorial" on the bottom.  There is no "i" in there because the writer consistently dotted that letter elsewhere.  Good luck.

Lisa Bracco

Jx. Gx.


Sorry to complicate things, but I came up with Belura or Beluras just by looking at the letters.  I was trying to match the letters used in this name with letters used in other parts of the certificate. One thing I did in a similar situation with my great-grandmother's maiden name was to take all the possible spellings and do a Google search for those names.  I wanted to see if the names I came up with are actual surnames for people. I was able to eliminate one or two of my possible spellings because I never found anyone with those names.  If you do this, keep in mind that the person you are searching for was born in Austria so you would most likely be looking for people with a similar regional background.  This isn't a perfect system, but it can help to steer you toward the right choice. I was able to narrow my ggm's maiden name to two possibilities.

Jeffrey Gee

Sherri Bobish


On their daughter Minnie's 1923 marriage record Rebecca's maiden name is transcribed at FamilySearch as:  Rebecca Balner


Sherri Bobish