Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

29/1/2007

Genealogy: Census records can help researcher discover a person’s date of birth

One of the great challenges for the family historian is finding the date of birth for people born long before the existence of birth records. Although census records sometimes have a reputation for being inexact, with a little luck, they actually can help a researcher to get closer and closer to a person’s date of birth.

The early censuses, 1790 through 1840, placed people in age categories. And the only person enumerated by name on those censuses is the head of the household. To make matters worse, the spans of the age categories on any one census and across censuses, are not equal. No matter. You can still narrow down a date of birth by comparing a person’s assigned age categories across census years. for more click here

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