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From: "Chris & Tom Tinney, Sr." <>
Subject: Throw away our Family Trees, re: Illegitimate Births Past, Present and Future?
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 1999 12:17:00 -0800
Illegitimate Births, Schools & Crime, at:
This item by the American Firearms Industry shows
a direct relationship between violent crimes,
poor education and illegitimate births. If this were
to be extrapolated backwards in time, as correct,
evaluations of crime statistics and education should
parallel the per cent of illegitimate rates. However,
since prior to the 1850s we are talking about a basic
worldwide agricultural society, things were different.
Additionally, the chances for survival of children born
out of wedlock would be much lower than today, due
to obvious medical conditions, breast feeding, etc. .
[EXAMPLE: "Women in Rzasnik gave their first births
at the age of 25.8 years. This factor influenced negatively
the size of the families, thus the average number of children
was small (2.9). Nearly half of the children were conceived
before marriage (44%). The number of illegitimate births
was high (9%) and it increased throughout the period under
examination. At the beginning of the 1870s illegitimate births
constituted 15% of all their number. The parish register
recorded high mortality, particularly of children (one third
of infants). Illegitimate children used to die more often
than legitimate offspring."]
FROM: Demographic analysis of parish registers of
the Lower Silesian parish of Rzasnik of the 1794-1874 years
"Illegitimacy is our most important social problem."
"One of the most significant factors contributing
to the breakdown of the family has been the steady
rise of unwed births. . . .
In 1960, 5 percent of all births were out of wedlock.
Thirty years later nearly 30 percent of all births
were illegitimate. . . . compare 1961 with 1991.
Roughly the same number of babies were born
in both years (about 4 million). But in 1991, five
times as many of these babies were born out of wedlock."
"On July 13th 1993, the U.S. Census Bureau reported
a steep increase in births out of wedlock. Almost a quarter
of unmarried women will become mothers, up 60% from
a decade ago." . . .
The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Illegitimacy shows
the percentage of illegitimate births (that is, the proportion
which they form of the total number of living births) in
the principal countries of Europe at different periods:
"Austria (1887-91)14.67 (1904) 12.81
Belgium " 8.75 (1905) 6.41
Denmark (1887-89) 9.43 (1902-6) 10.01
England and Wales (1887-91) 4.52 (1905) 4.00
Finland " 6.42
France " 8.41 (1906) 8.85
German Empire (1886-90) 9.23 (1901-5) 8.50
. . . ETC.
Mention is also made that "the percentages in the first column
are about the same as those which obtained for a long period
previous to 1891"
Tom Tinney, Sr.
Listed in: Who's Who In The West, 1998/1999
Who's Who In Genealogy and Heraldry,
Alan Savin wrote:
> Dear Rooters
> I have done a little research into the instances of perceived fathers who
> are in fact NOT the biological father. The scientific term used is "false
> paternity". This is in connection with my genealogical DNA studies.
> Actually finding scientific papers on the subject is difficult. A Dr. Weiss
> who also tried to find previous research, again with difficulty, came up
> with the figures of 3% to 5%. My own study was within this percentage band.
> Using DNA rather than blood groups give a more accurate result.
> Maidenhead UK
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