I've seen a lot of births in my family from 1864-1900 recorded with dates weeks or months after baptism. Why is this happening? Did it cost to register the required civil paperwork and you waited until you could pay? Did the farmer's not keep trackof the actual dates back in the day? (parents were illiterate based on "his mark" notations in records)
An an example, in my G-Grandfather's family there was a civil birth recorded as 1 Sep 1875, but he was baptized on 1 August 1875 and he recorded his birthday as 22 Aug 1880 on his citizenship application.
Another brother's birth was recorded as 12 Sep 1879 and his baptism was a month earlier on 21 Sep 1879. He used 12 Sep 1882 on his citizenship application though.
What's with the "fluid" birthdays?
civil registrations I have seen often give the year and a three month
period (why I don't know - maybe privacy?).[...]
Another brother's birth was recorded as 12 Sep 1879 and his baptism
was a month earlier on 21 Sep 1879. He used 12 Sep 1882 on his
citizenship application though.
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