Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] birthdate discrepancy theory?
- I have wondered the same thing about a great-uncle. He had a Hungarian
birth certificate (an official document) issued in 1913, that made him out
to be five years younger than his actual age. I still don't know if it was
an error or a deliberate falsehood. He got married around that time but had
immigrated not too long before -- I don't know when yet. It seemed possible
that he obtained the document to help him get out of the country if he was
draft age. John Vangor was born in 1894 but the birth certificate says
1899. I have his actual church record confirming the true date and I can't
imagine how an error could have been made if he had asked for a birth
certificate in order to get married -- his true age in 1913 was 19, so
taking five years off his age would have made him a bridegroom of 14!
When I find his immigration records the story may become more clear. You
certainly get the impression that a lot of young men of draft age left
Hungary without doing their military service first.
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Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2000 4:07 AM
Subject: Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] birthdate discrepancy theory?
> Thanks to all who replied to my question. We all have found numerous
> discrepancies in official documents, especially public ones. One would
> to think church records were more accurate.
> No one touched on a theory I had. Not fully understanding the political
> climate of the time - from birth 1884/1886 to emmigration 1904/1905, could
> have made himself younger to escape military induction, or something of
> nature. He came to the US in 1905, so he would have been either 19 or 21.
> It is believed he came alone, and it is not known if any family member
> preceded him.