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Lesley Marriott

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Lesley Report 12 May 2003 16:29

Census Birth Dates I recently noticed the following statement on the instructions for ennumerators of the 1841 census: "Write the age of every person under 15 years of age as it is stated to you. For persons aged 15 and upwards, write the lowest of the term of 5 years within which the ages is. Thus - for Persons aged 15 years and under 20 write 15 20 years and under 25 write 20 25 years and under 30 write 25 ... and so on up to the greatest ages" Does anyone know if this was standard practice on all UK census' and why did not all ennumerators follow this practice? I certainly didn't realise that birth dates from census returns could be as much as 4 years out ... I always worked on +/- 2 until now!