Yes - Census takers spell bad and censed? people lie. My great
grandfather reported 3 daughters in 1880 aged 1-4 and in 1900 they
were all under 20 years of age! His birthplace also changed from
Ireland to New York.
--- In genealogyresearchclub@y..., "chiron64" <johnl@w...> wrote:
> Hi, I'm new to this group and fairly new to genealogy. I have a
> question about census data for those of you who have more
> experience. Is it common for census recorders to spell names
> incorrectly? I think I found my great grandfather in the Crockett
> County Texas 1920 census, but the names don't exactly match. The
> census form notes that he was not able to read or write and he
> probably spoke no English. So I'm thinking that the person taking
> the census must have written the name as he/she heard it. The 1910
> census for the same area has a boy with the name "Govel" with the
> same last name and the right age for that time. My ancestor's
> name was Gabriel (pronounced in Spanish with the accent on the last
> syllable), so this might also be him.
> Has anyone else had problems of this kind?