Information in a Napoleonic Birth Registration

This list explains the information in the “ideal” civil register.

  • The place and date of registration of birth were given, including time of day.
  • The father of the child presented himself (or the midwife if the child was illegitimate) to report the birth.
  • Two witnesses were named: their occupations, ages, and residences were given. Occasionally this information was omitted. 1
  • The child was presented and the gender was indicated.
  • The place of birth was given with the date and the time of day.
  • The mother of the child and her age were given. The record stated whether she was the wife of the one presenting himself. If not, the record stated whether she was unmarried. When the mother was married, but the father was not present at that moment, then his name was usually given between the birth date and the name of the other person.
  • Some records indicated the date that the christening was performed.
  • The child was given a name.
  • The godparents were named. 2
  • The entry was read and signed by the witnesses or by the priest or rabbi if the witnesses could not write. 3

 1 Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 3.

  2 Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 4. [1] Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 4.

3 Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 5.

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About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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