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Anatomy of a Census Record (or Confessions of an Intermediate Genealogy Noob) — 7 Comments

  1. Was “age at last birthday” intended to be as of the date the enumerator visited, or as of 1 June 1870? The census instructions are pretty clear on this for children under the age of one, saying “Children, who, on the 1st of June 1870, were less than a year old, will have their age stated by the fractional part of the year, as … 1/12 … 3/12 … 9/12 … &c. Instructions are here: http://www.census.gov/history/pdf/1870instructions-2.pdf

  2. That’s a good question, GeneJ. The instructions all appear to refer to everything “as of June 1, 1870.” But doesn’t really specify whether “age at last birthday” is as of June 1. It doesn’t help narrow it down that her actual birthday (at least what I believe it to be) still falls within the parameters of 2 Jun 1860-31 May 1861. Guess this little tidbit will require an asterisk!

  3. Susan, I can’t wait to start talking about it. It looks really promising!

    The NGS course, I will say, is totally worth it. I am getting ready to turn in my 4th lesson, which makes me 25% done. Baby steps. 🙂

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