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From: Local Studies & Archives Unit <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Learning curve
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 09:40:51 +0000
It ain't a stupid question if you don't know the answer!
Stupid is when you don't ask the question!
> Hello everyone. I just wanted to say that as a relatively new member I have
> been watching & listening & keeping my mouth shut! I have found the listings
> so far very informative & I have learned alot about the resources available,
> and also that however stupid the question noone minds! So here goes, my
> stupid questions start here. On the 1851 census I have found relatives who
> are obviously the right people, place,occupation etc but the ages are way off
> from other census data and parish records. Are census ages notoriously
> dubious? Did heads of household often guess at ages, even of their own
> family? Was it common for ennumerators to 'make up' ages if they wernt given
> on the form? Did people lie about their age for reasons known only to them?
> Second daft question - on the 1851 census index the name FOWLES is mentioned
> in three folios but on two of them I can find no trace. Any suggestions?
> Thanks in anticipation of your help (and tolerance of a total novice!)
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