[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Catholic Church Records

Bill Fife wmfife at telus.net
Mon May 2 09:03:23 PDT 2005

The house numbers have helped me immeasurably in my research.  On thing I 
have not determined is if the house number given is the number of the house 
where the child was born, or the number of the house where the parents were 
living as I found instances of where the house number given is not that of 
the parents.  Was the pregnant mother staying with relatives while the 
husband was away?

I have taken some of the early villages in Galicia, where some of my 
ancestors lived for generations, and listed the village by house number, 
then inhabitants.  It is interesting to see how common it was for married 
children to live with one of their parents.  Also to see how often one of 
the next generation took over the parents house, presumably looking after 
them, and then continued to live there after the parents died.

I am lucky in that all birth records in the Galician church records show the 
house number.


 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: <AlbertMuth at aol.com>
To: <Ger-Poland-Volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org>
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 4:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Catholic Church Records

> Houses in the villages did not have street addresses. They usually were
> lined up on either side of a single road.
> Genealogically speaking, you could reasonably expect that the people with
> the same surname that you collect from different record sources, who 
> happen to
> live in House #5,
> were related, even if you cannot yet document the relationship.  I  have 
> not
> actively pursued this line of research myself in my own  ancestry, but 
> know
> that it can assemble family groups better.  Like  witnesses and 
> godparents, it
> is another piece of evidence you can apply to sort  out the extended 
> family.
> al muth
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