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From: Lee Hoffman <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT: Date of death
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:09:54 -0400
Jim Campbell wrote:
>I agree with you in this case. I was trying to draw a more general
>principle. Let me give an example. I have a distant cousin whose
>tombstone gives her birthdate in 1857. Yet she is shown as a one year
>old living in her father's household in the 1850 census. In the 1860
>census she is still living in her father's household and eleven years
>old. So in my data, I have two birth dates for her. The principle
>birthdate is 1849 and the secondary birthdate is 1857. The source of
>each birthdate is shown as well as my reasoning for showing the earlier
>date as more credible. Some of her descendents are unhappy with me as
>they regard the information on her tombstone as gospel.
>I just wanted to point out to people that you can have more than one tag
>of a given type. Best to record everything you find so that some
>subsequent researcher isn't misled.
Have you checked that both birth dates are correct? That is, two different
children with the same name for the same parents.
There are many cases where parents have had children born who have died in
the first years of their life. Then the parents have another child of the
same sex and give them the same name as the deceased child.
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