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Census Birth Year Errors
Posted by: Alice Knipp Garnto Date: February 15, 2002 at 10:04:25
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How common are errors on birth year and age that is found on Census records? I have a greatgrandfather who on the 1900 Carter Co. Ky. census his age is given as 33 and birth year as 1866. I find this to be hard to believe because his son that was born 1880 would had to been conceived when he was 12yrs. old. This is the only document that I can find so far with a birth year date for him. I recently found a marriage record that could be him as being married in 1877 and on an 1880 census this same person was 23yrs. old. Because of the birthdate on the 1900 census it has been hard for me to find any kind of information about him because I believe it was wrong.

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