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From: "Marilyn Bess" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Census Question
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:09:20 -0400
Yes, it is more common than you would think. Each census was to list the the
members of the houshold on a certain day, not the day the census was take.
The person may have been born shortly after the census day or died shortly
before the census day. The census day is often misunderstood. The
information given to the census taker was to be correct on the census day.
That was usually not the same day as the census was actually taken. People
who had died between the census day and the day the enumerator came to the
house were to be listed as though they were alive on the census day. Babies
born after the census day were to be omitted because they had not yet been
born on census day. The census day for 1860 through 1900 was June 1. The
census day for 1910 was April 15 and the census day for 1920 was January 1.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Granato" <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:54 PM
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Census Question
> Have any of you ever heard of someone being listed more than once on a
> federal census record? I think I have discovered my gggrandfather, Aaron
> Decker and my gggrandmother, Lydia A. Decker listed twice in different
> locales for the federal 1860 census. Aaron was born in Galen, NY in 1836,
> and Lydia was born in Seneca County, NY (not sure of date). They were
> married on March 21, 1860 in Tyre, NY.