Can someone please help me understand this German Parish Register Extract?

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If Marie Barbara Bayer is Johann Martin Bayer’s mother, then who is her husband? Is this the way an Parish Extract looks when it records a time when someone’s daughter had an illegitimate birth?

Any ideas you may have will be greatly appreciated.

in Genealogy Help by John Cruz G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)
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2 Answers

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There were often illegitimate births recorded, sometimes even with the father's name.  It happened.

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I’ve recently been in contac with a nice man who work in the State Archives in Gaildorf.  He sent me some documents and explained the following so I could understand the document.   So O-O means illegitimate

Good luck!

Debbie Risberg

O-O means „illegitimate“

OO means „marriage”


Thank you for your clear explanation and for sharing the information you found from your contact in Gailsdorf, a town in the district of Schwaibish Hall, in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, where many of the ancestors on my mother's side lived.

The birth document in question does have the O-O symbol. It was hand written just above the child's birthdate in 18.1.1830.

And thank you all for helping to answer my question.

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