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Joanne Corless

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Joanne Report 12 May 2003 18:01

RE: Census Birth Dates The 1841 census is the only one that used a 5 year average for the age of the person. However, I have many entries from subsequent census' where family members have given ages that are more than 2 years out. However I also have others where the date is consistent from one census to another and also matches the birth certificate. The best way is to take a census age with a very large pinch of salt. I will use a census age as a starting point but I always try to find some other evidence to try and clarify the date of birth Good Luck