[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Birth record abbreviations

Wendy Otness Wendy.Otness at meritcare.com
Tue Apr 18 06:33:00 PDT 2006

Good morning, everyone!
I have been fortunate enough to come across a birth record for my great
grandmother. It is written in German for the most part, and I have
noticed in front of most of the male names, it says "Col". Can anyone
tell me what that might mean? Also, there was the heading "Paten", which
I am assuming is Godparents, but can't find it in my German-English
dictionary. This document is from 1878, so maybe this word is just an
old word not in use anymore?
Thanks in advance. 

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