[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Twins in Latin records
FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
Fri Jan 20 15:01:30 PST 2006
Can you compare to death records? Twins did not often survive more than a few weeks. Death records would probably show each separately.
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From: "Richard A. Stein" <ra_stein at telus.net>
Date: Friday, January 20, 2006 3:52 pm
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Twins in Latin records
> How are twins recorded in Latin records? I am extracting German
> names from a Catholic parish in the years 1780 to 1800. Out of
> some 300 baptisms so far, there are no instances where two
> children born at the same time, i.e., twins, have their baptisms
> recorded separately. However there are cases where two given
> names are stated.
> There is one instance where the word "alteri" is used, i.e., "Eva
> alteri Rosalie". The index, compiled years later in Polish, lists
> "Ewa i Rozalia, bliznieta" with a curl under the e. The Polish
> word bliznieta means twins, so this case is clear.
> There are some 20 instances where the two names are separated by
> "et". 18 are females with Anna as the first name, e.g., "Anna et
> Christine". The two males have Johann as one name, in one case
> Johann is the first name, in the other it is the second name. In
> addition, there are 11 cases (10 female, one male) where there are
> two names, such as Anna Christine, without any separating word.
> My question is Should any of the cases using "et" be interpreted
> as twins? For these cases, only one name, almost always the first
> name, is listed in the index. I looked carefully at the records
> but can't see anything else that indicates twins, but possibly I
> am missing something. The poor handwriting and abbreviations of
> some words compounds the problem. But in 300+ births, I would
> have expected several sets of twins.
> Any help will be appreciated.
> Dick Stein
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