Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

16/6/2004

Irish Dates?

I came across this interesting piece of information from the Irish Family History Foundation. Which to be honest I didn’t know and I thought it may be of interest to others.

“Ages and dates of birth given on records and gravestones are often approximate to within ten years either way. In most families a child was born every year or so and the exact birth dates of each were seldom remembered. As the child got older, its precise year of birth was often forgotten, the child grew up without knowing exactly how old he/she was, and his/her age was often underestimated. Once a person was visibly old, his/her age could often be overestimated. Therefore, an age can generally be taken to be correct to within ten years either way. Dates of birth were frequently made up upon coming into contact with the first official who required to record it.”

http://www.irish-roots.net/

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