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From: Lee Hoffman <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Always specific names for specific events? Bad idea.
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 09:27:02 -0500
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Teresa Elliott wrote:
>Okay, so what name would the following person have?
>1850 Census J. S. Marchum
>1860 Census Jas S. Markum
>1870 Census James N. Marcom
>1880 Census (not found)
>Owned no land, had no will, no family history.
>Personally I prefer to enter data as I find it. It's not conclusions or
>evidence, it is strictly data.
Yes, you have four distinct pieces of data. The data is also
evidence that the census enumerators recorded persons by those names
in the census records. But from the reading of the above, the data
may or may not be for the same person, or for two or three different
persons none of whom are found in 1880. If the above data is entered
for a single person in TMG then the data will have been changed to
conclusions. Of course, the context of the 1850, 1860, and 1870
censuses may give added information that would indicate that two or
all three persons are the same. Even then, it could be coincidence
and there really were three different persons.
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