I'm new to researching the German church records -- I'd really appreciate some guidance from all you more experienced researchers, please! :)
I found my great-grandfather's baptism from 1894 in one of the German (East Prussian) Lutheran church records.
However, it only listed his mother's name (no maiden name) and the section for the father was crossed out with a single diagnoal line (bottom left to top right).
Only one sponser/witness was listed (a female with a different surname).
Neither "illegitimate" or "natural" was stated in the record. The record was written the correct way up (I read on several other geneaology sites that illegitimate births were sometimes written sideways or upside-down!)
My grandmother was always told that her father was a double-orphan and as a very young boy he had to live with his aunt and uncle.
I'm wondering how they entered birth/baptism records when the father died prior to his child's birth?
I know no one can give me a definite answer, but in your experience, do you think this case is more likely to be an illegitimate birth or one whose father has died pre-birth?
Any guidance in this would be most helpful and appreciated! :)
With kind regards and many thanks,