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Subject: Re: [Tri-Counties] Accuracy of ages listed in Federal Census
Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 13:58:50 EDT
My husband's g-grandfather on 1870 census lists his age as 45, on the 1880
census his age is listed as 60, on the 1900 census his age is not listed at all
and on his death certificate (date of death is 15 Nov. 1904) his age is listed
as 86. Since he immigrated from Ireland, supposedly in 1868 since he was
naturalized in 1873, we don't have a birth record as yet. Oh and to add another
wrinkle to this already puzzling man, his tombstone has dates of 1820-1905
both of which are incorrect according to the death certificate.
Don't use the ages on a census as gospel. You really need to have another
source or at least several census with an age that agrees. It also depends on
which month the census was actually taken. If someone's birthday is not until
June and census was taken in April they would be 1 year younger than their
birthdate until June.
Jan in Zephyrhills, FL
P.S. I just had my son set up a web site for me for genealogy related
information. The link will is <A HREF="http://myfamilytree.hypermart.net">http://myfamilytree.hypermart.net</A>.