Uh oh... when was he really born?

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So, here I am watching a fictional period drama... (which, by the way, I can no longer watch without thinking about the potential genealogical data of the period).

The girl is pregnant, but unwed. The Aunt says, "That's okay, we'll set the birth date to be after the wedding"

Wha...?!? Now I have to re-question all my ancestor data.
in The Tree House by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
You can only go by what has been recorded. As has been said here numerous times “Genealogy without sources is fiction.”

I have seen numerous cases, in several countries and different time periods, where children of unwed mothers were baptized. And, along with that, lots of marriages of children of unwed mothers. I have also seen cases where these children were acknowledged and often ligitimized by their fathers, also this is less frequent.

You can only go by what has been recorded.” I also go by reason and science. While it was recorded that Methuselah lived to be 969, I don’t believe it. And I am quite comfortable with using estimates of birth years based on the expected value for human childbearing age.

I guess you can also say, "fiction is fiction"

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