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From: "Darrell A. Martin" <>
Subject: [TMG] Census dates (was Copious Ancestors)
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 00:21:00 -0500
At 09:58 PM 09/09/2000 -0700, Cheri Casper wrote:
>I think that you are forgetting is the timing of the census. If he was born
>in October 1899 and the 1900 census occurred BEFORE October 1900, then your
>grandfather was 10 at the time of the census . . . with a birthday coming
>You may want to check when the censuses were conducted.
When evaluating census data, keep two dates in mind. One, the legal "as of" date. Each census has a date that is supposed to be the effective date of any information.
Two, the enumeration date. This is the date that the census taker actually obtained the information.
The issue is that VERY frequently the people being counted, or the enumerator, or both, misunderstood the relationship of the two dates. If a birth date is between the effective and the enumeration date, I can't tell you which way to guess, but I can tell you that's what you'll be doing <grin>!
Darrell A. Martin
no longer proud to have been a Vermonter
but still proud of my Vermont roots
currently in exile in Addison, Illinois
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