|Susanna Sudermann birth #2, XX XXXXXX 1819, Register of Mennonite births, marriages, and deaths 1813-1903, Neuteich Lutheran church records, Neuteich, West Prussia, no page, FHL film #208236.|
If you said 10 January, you would not be alone - because that is the date someone entered into the Grandma database. But you would not be right :-(
Take a closer look at the image below where I've highlighted the date information:
The words underlined in green are the day. The Germans reads "d. ,31, ein und dreÿßigsten" which means "the 31st one and thirty." In other words the day was written first as a number and then in words. (Remember that German reverses the unit and the tens when writing out or speaking numbers.) You'll also notice that thirty is not spelled the modern way - this record has "dreÿßig" but it would be "dreißig" in modern spelling.
The red underlined word is the month, "Januar," or January.
Finally the blue underlined words are the time, ",10, zehn Uhr Ab.," or "10 ten o'clock in the evening." "Ab." is an abbreviation for "Abend" or evening.
So the date is not 10 January. We do it all the time, myself included, but it's awfully risky to make assumptions about what something says if you can't read (or don't take the time to read) all the words. Her birth date was 31 January 1813 at 10pm.
If you got it right, give yourself a big, gold star!