Israelite community, district of Lugoj: births (1773-1876)
This book records births that took place in and around the town of Lugoj from 1773 to 1876. In addition, the last pages (pages 75-82) are birth records for Jewish residents of the Lugoj district in 1857, recorded for census purposes. These births date from 1787-1862 (some recorded after the census) and the place of birth is generally not Lugoj and may indeed be distant towns or villages. Presumably these births were not recorded in the earlier pages as the families in question moved to the region after the respective births. The data recorded in this book varies in its consistency; sometimes only the names of the child and parents; birth year; gender; and legitimacy are recorded. On a few occasions, generally the earlier births, only the child's name and birth year are recorded. Later in the book, entries tend to be more complete and include full birth date; place of birth; circumcision or naming information; midwife name; witness or godparent name. Some scribes recorded the Hebrew name and birth date of the child. The last section, mentioned above, recorded for census purposes, generally includes only the names of the child and parents; birth date; and birth place. The book is printed and recorded in German; some addenda are in Hungarian.