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How accurate are Census reports?

Journal by daneil2229

I noticed that one of the individuals I am searching for has his birthplace listed as Ohio in one report and Pennsylvania in another. Is this typical?

I wish that they had gotten more info at that time, like maybe the city, county or township of their birthplace.


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on 2011-07-30 20:45:41

daneil2229 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2011. is researching the following names: MYERS, HENNERDINE, RUECKER and 10 other(s).

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by Boru on 2011-07-30 21:59:17

For the most part I find them to be very accurate ...

by Boru on 2011-07-30 22:22:47

what you have found is common, my own ancestors have varying places of birth and different surname spellings from census to census, that aside the actual first names and birthdates of the family are usually pretty accurate ...

by LenoreHudson on 2011-08-03 22:20:17

Make sure that you view the image of the census records and not just the transcription. Records are very, very often transcribed incorrectly. You can usually make amendments to the transcribed records as well. When I have contradicting pieces of information, I usually accept the source where the actual person or their parent or child is giving the information rather than, say, a spouse or mother-in-law. Try looking at the actual death records of the family where the person you are studying gave the information. There is where you will often find the correct birthplace/date. For example, the information on the death registration of my grandmother was provided by her mother-in-law. Because of this, her name was given as Loucie instead of Lucy which then was transcribed as Louise. It was because of this we took years to find her resting place even though we knew the cemetery. Also, her birthplace was listed as on Vancouver Island when it was actually in Washington. I found the correct information on the death registration of Lucy's young daughter, where parent's birthplace is listed and Lucy provided that herself.

It's all detective work ... happy sleuthing!

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