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Offline Latchfordian

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Re: Census Ready Reckoner
« Reply #54 on: Thursday 05 March 15 13:48 GMT (UK) »
You've obviously put a lot of work into this Paul and many people will find it extremely useful. However, you should bear in mind what I said earlier in this thread, the fact that census date minus age doesn't necessarily give birth year. It is 3 times as likely to be the previous year. Here's what I said at the time :-

So many people simply give the birth year as census year minus census age (eg. age 10 in 1861 census means born in 1851). Most censuses were taken in late March or early April and so it is 3 times as likely to be the previous year (i.e 1850 in that example). For that reason I have always subtracted another 1 to give the most likely year of birth.

Jim
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Re: Census Ready Reckoner
« Reply #55 on: Thursday 05 March 15 20:36 GMT (UK) »
Hello Jim,

Many thanks for your comment, of which I totally agree.  My charts are simply mathematical and to save you doing any mental maths.  I would add that a census year of birth is only a mathematical approximation. In my research, recording of census entries into my software, I always say year of birth as "about xxxx" until I can find further info.  I believe most gedcom files will recognise the "about" phrase.

Best wishes,
Paul.
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Pirtt Pirt Pert Pritt http://xyfamilytree.com/family/pirtt-pirt-pert-pritt/
Townley-Rivett http://xyfamilytree.com/family/townley-rivett/
Delicate/Dillicate - William Dillicate M Hannah Pirtt - see my Pritt tree.

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