I understand that an absolution is an event to clear a couple from the sin of having a child out of wedlock.


If a child was born out of wedlock, the mother (and in some countries the father) had to be absolved of this sin. There may have been a separate record kept of this event, listing the parties involved by name. Or the date of the absolution may just be listed to the side of the child's christening entry in the church record.

Did this mean that the child was born before a marriage, or simply that the child was conceived before a marriage?

I am researching a couple who married on January 7th, 1781, and had their first child on April 8th, 1781.

I am wondering whether I should be expecting the existence of an absolution record.

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