Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday's Child -- Albin Vidunas Birth Certificate

Albin Vidunas Birth certificate 1906

This is a birth certificate I found online.  The child is Albin Vidunas.  He was born 15 November 1906 to Hipolite and Maggie Poscavage Vidunas, in Shenandoah, Schuylkill Pennsylvania.  He is a single male, and is legitimate.  Albin was born at 6pm.  Line 20 indicates that he is the first born child.

Hipolite Vidunas is 25 years old and born in Lithuania, works as a laborer.
Maggie is 24 years old, born in Lithuania and works as a Housewife.

What is very interesting, to me, is that it looks like Hipolite delivered his own child.  The reason I think this is beccause of the signature line.  First of all, Hipolite apparently could not write, since he made his mark on the signature line.  The directions for the signature say 
"When there is no attending physician or midwife, then the father, householder, etc., should make this return"
This tells me there was no attending physician at the birth.  There may have been a lay midwife, similar to the ones depicted on the British TV show "Call the Midwife."  I can't tell.

Hmmm.  Looking closer, one finds the last line, which indicates this record was filed 3/24/1923.  This would be a delayed birth certificate,  filed when Albin was 17 years old.  Too late for WWI; too early for WWII.  Perhaps Albin was trying to join the Army and needed a birth certificate?

Is this your Vidunas?  I suspect all US Vidunas' are related, my project is to prove such.

Record Url:­bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=General­60484&h=432155

Source Information: Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906­1908 [database on­line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Birth certificates, 1906–1908. Series 11.89 (50 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania