Why would Nysted Parish pay poor relief if Anna was born in Nykøbing Falster? Would it be because the alleged father (whoever he was) resided in Nysted Parish?
Do you think that maybe some of the illegible writing on Anna's birth and baptism records might allege the name of her father?
Was illegitimacy considered a fairly common occurrence among the poorer citizens of Denmark during the 19th century? It seems odd to me that both Karen's mother and Karen had illegitimate children and that neither woman married the father of her child. What seems odd about it to me is that, in 19th century America, illegitimate births were considered shameful and would have been hidden by any means necessary, if possible. This train of thought stemmed from the Puritan ideals of America's earliest founders. Daughters were sent away from the family home to give birth and illegitimate children were adopted out or abandoned more often than not. I'm just trying to understand the culture and social structure of Denmark back then.