[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Lipno confirmations

Linda Pauling lmpauling at utech.net
Mon Oct 21 11:01:12 PDT 2013

Good to make that point, K., about confirming the parents and birth dates
etc. You will note that I mentioned that it is not always the parents who
are listed. It is easy to suspect when the surname is different, but not as
easy when the surname is the same. The column heading says that it is the
family OR guardians. This would be true especially if the father has died in
the 15 or so years since the birth of the child and his confirmation. It may
be an uncle or a stepfather or someone else who is the guardian for the

We must also remember that these dates and names are often very difficult to
read. another good reason to confirm the information.

..."for such a time as this..." Esther 4:14

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Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Lipno confirmations

As with any records, it should be noted that although the Lipno confirmation
records are a great substitute for records that have not been microfilmed,
they can contain information that is inaccurate and/or misleading.  I have
found situations in which the parents named in the confirmation records were
the names of the persons raising a child rather than the names of the birth
parents themselves.  I learned this when  I wrote to the archives in Berlin
for one particular birth record and found the child was actually born to
another set of parents.  Since the birth dates of this child and another
child born to the parents named in the confirmation records and for whom I
have a birth record are only six months apart, the birth record has to be
considered accurate.  As always, the information in any record is only as
good as the record before it.  It's important to get the record itself. 

This is also a concern when someone posts a genealogy on the Internet based
on information found just in the U.S. or Canada without the European records
themselves.  Even the immigrant might not have known the true circumstances
of his/her birth.   Of course, that opens up the question of how accurate
any birth record might be.   

At any rate, cover all the bases and request the birth record itself after
using the Lipno confirmation records.    
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