The earliest recorded Birth and Baptismal Record that I’ve found for any of my ancestors was that for Cecylia Chodkowska, recorded in 1767. However, I’ve found her parents’ Marriage Record, making this marriage record the earliest record that I’ve yet found for any of my ancestors.
The entire page, shown above, contains one marriage and a whole lot of deaths (on the right-hand side of the page). Click on the image to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record of Andrzej Chodkowski and Marianna Mossakowska.
I wasn’t able to translate the entire record. Some of the words were illegible, crossed out, or not in my dictionaries. Nonetheless, I can understand the basic information in the record. This record states that:
The marriage of Andrzej Chodkowski and Marianna Mossakowska took place in Krasne
Karol Kucharski from the Krasne Parish officiated at the wedding
The wedding took place on February 13, 174
The witnesses were Józef Milewski, Paweł Krepki and Antoni Krepki
The exact year of the marriage is illegible, but looks like 1741. The witnesses all appear to be men. The final line of the document apparently refers to edits in the record made by the priest.
My Latin dictionary doesn’t include words from Church Latin, so I think a dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin will be one of my next genealogy purchases. I also need to take another look at these records. Perhaps some of the other marriage records from this time and place will help me decipher the rest of the document.
UPDATE 18 Oct 2009: I have changed the spelling of the groom’s surname from Chotkowski to Chodkowski to reflect the spelling used by most descendants of this line.
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