[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Death entry in new 1900-1912 records.
Richard J Flanagan
rflanagan1 at videotron.ca
Sat Jan 14 11:11:25 PST 2017
Your question intrigued me enough to have a look in the original
database file. Here is what I found. There are 26,398 entries in the
Volhynian death index. There are 10 different types of descriptor in the
file for "Marital Status".
1) Gymnasium Pupil (i.e. high school student) 1
2) Madam (?) 1
3) Maiden 579
4) Married 5,721
5) Single 500
6) Soldier 13
7) Unmarried 133
8) Widow 1,029
9) Widower 379
10) Blank 18,102
As you can see 69% of the entries under marital status are blank. I
wonder if this is because nearly all of the residents of Volhynia 45 years
of age or older were newcomers who had arrived after the Polish Rebellion of
1863. We know that August Bloch came from Poland - he was born in
Przedecz. If he had been a widower while in Poland, it is likely that he
was now living amongst people who might not have met his wife or have known
As for the words used to describe marital status in the index, it
should be pointed out that they were recorded in Russian at the time from a
German speaking source and recently retranslated back into German and then
re-re-translated into English last year. Considering their complicated
linguistic journey they are surprisingly informative.
From: Ger-Poland-Volhynia [mailto:ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at sggee.org] On
Behalf Of Linda Bowen
Sent: 13 January, 2017 8:08 PM
To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Death entry in new 1900-1912 records.
If a death record indicates the person was married, but there is no name of
the spouse, does that mean the record didn't have the name of the spouse or
was it just not added to the entry?
The record I'm wondering about is the death an August Bloch who died in
March 26, 1912.
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