16251RE: [S-R] Marriages between different religions
- Dec 16, 2006Dear Carl,
Menyasszony simply means bride in Hungarian.
Although mixed marriages were not the norm, we see plenty of them in the
records. Sometimes the family chose to baptize sons in the father's church
and daughters in the mother's. (I know personally of one instance where this
is still done today.) Occasionally you will see lists of conversions in the
church records, so this must have happened in some cases, but there were
probably many where there was no conversion and the husband and wife kept
their traditional religions.
Bear in mind also that the religion of the godparents may be different, and
the child may be baptized in their church. (The baby was taken to the church
for baptism by the godmother.) However, the religion of the child, if
different from the godparents, would be noted.
You have not noted what village you are looking at. I presume that it had
only a Lutheran church. You may need to identify the closest Roman Catholic
church to find the missing entries.
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Carl Kotlarchik
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2006 1:32 PM
Subject: [S-R] Marriages between different religions
Does anyone know if people of different religions ever got married in
both of their churches? I have a set of ancestors where the husband
was Lutheran and the wife was Roman Catholic. They were married in
the Lutheran Church in 1848 but I cannot find any baptism records for
their children in that Church. However, I do find the marriages of
their children in that same church and it lists them as the parents.
So, the family must have stayed there. The parent's marriage record
says the bride was a "hajadon" or unmarried woman. But it also has a
note on the far right which says "a memyasszony r. Kathliky _____
hazassag vegyes". I think this says that the bride was Roman
Catholic and this is a mixed marriage. Would she have been able to
retain her religion or would she have had to convert? Since I can't
find the baptism records for their children, I'm wondering if they
possibly had them baptized as R. Catholics.
The reason I'm trying to understand this is because I cannot find the
baptism or death records for their daughter (my great-grandmother).
However, she was married in the same Lutheran Church as her parents
and all three of her children were baptized there (1870s). Two
children died and their deaths are also recorded in Church records.
The family story is that my great-grandmother also died during the
birth of the third child but her death is not recorded in these
Church records (1870-1895). So, is it possible that she was baptized
as a R. Catholic and that her baptism and death records might be in
some nearby Catholic church?
I'd appreciate any thoughts any of you might have on this.
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