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Re: census errors

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  • jimb2owny
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 4, 2002
      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
      first
      > 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?
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