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trinkelson



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Post Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:06 am      Post subject: Female spouse surname not given - why?
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Is there a reason why a female spouse's surname is not given in some birth records? For example, see
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/54/743/0/6.1/27/skan/full/qXhROK2lSnsXNqQlYqjaFQ
Akt 55 shows "z iego małzónki" followed by her given name and age, no surname. But other Akts, like numbers 56, 57, 58, specify both the given name and surname.
Is it just a matter of the scribe being lazy or forgetting or not knowing, or is there some significance?
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:22 am      Post subject: Re: Female spouse surname not given - why?
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trinkelson wrote:
Is there a reason why a female spouse's surname is not given in some birth records? For example, see
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/54/743/0/6.1/27/skan/full/qXhROK2lSnsXNqQlYqjaFQ
Akt 55 shows "z iego małzónki" followed by her given name and age, no surname. But other Akts, like numbers 56, 57, 58, specify both the given name and surname.
Is it just a matter of the scribe being lazy or forgetting or not knowing, or is there some significance?
Thanks


Hi,

There is no significance to the omission. In these records the parish priest hired a scribe to write out the text of the civil registration and then the pastor signed each entry. The information in all the records on the page was compiled at the time the father made arrangements for the baptism of the child. The priest made notes which contained the data. After the baptism the priest entered the info from his notes into the parish baptismal register, which would have been kept in Latin. He gave the notes to the scribe, who then composed the data from the notes into the format required for the civil registration and most likely made several copies of the civil registration. There are multiple points at which the omission could have originated. Errors, omissions, etc. were not uncommon in hand written documents—especially when multiple copies were made. Manuscripts generally vary. That includes ancient works such as the orations of Cicero, the Iliad, the New Testament, etc., etc. In the case of ancient works of literature the variations are dealt with via a critical apparatus. In records such as the one you posted errors and omissions are just there without any attempt made to analyze, reconcile or correct the text.

Errors and omissions are frustrating, but that is the nature of the beast.

Dave
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