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what do I do when the census records don't match?
« on: Sunday 18 February 18 21:30 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

I am researching the Smith Family in Stanton St Quintin
There are 2 errors that are confusing

1.... there is a mix up as to whether Kate Smith was born in 1874 or 1889. Generally, it seems she was born in 1889, however she appears on the 1881 Census, stating 7 years old (there is further confusion as there is another Kate Smith with parents as Thomas Smith and Sarah Butler, as opposed to Thomas and Caroline)

2...Thomas Smith, born 1858 listed on 3 census records. Although on the 1901 Census, it says he was born in 1868, I assume this is just a mistake?

Thank you

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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 18 February 18 21:34 GMT (UK) »
Regarding the Kate SMITH your are searching, what was her mother's maiden name?
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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 18 February 18 21:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi Sue,

On the BMD, it doesn't list a mother's maiden name. On the census records she is listed as Caroline Smith. It lists her father as Thomas Smith.
Kate E Smith or Kate Elizabeth Smith, born 1889 - 1890.

The Kate Smith born in 1874 lists the mother as Sarah Butler, although I don't think that is the relative that I am looking for!

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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:01 GMT (UK) »
What district should the 1874 birth be registered in?
same for 1889?

If you also gave links to the census records you hold it would make it a lot easier to follow.
(familysearch is free)

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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:05 GMT (UK) »
1881 Kate E smith b 1873 (granddaughter)
with a Thomas Smith 23y/ b 1858 (single & a boarder)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q278-KFZC

SMITH, KATE  ELIZABETH     -   1873  S Quarter in CHIPPENHAM  Volume 05A  Page 71

So THAT Kate doesn't appear to be Thomas' daughter
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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi Pauline,

Yes I saw that census too.

There is also this one in 1891 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4VT3-FMM Kate Smith as granddaughter.


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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:18 GMT (UK) »
Odd that in Stanton St Quinton 12th April 1874 a Kate Elizabeth Smith mother Caroline Singlewoman

And same venue 22nd October 1890 Kate Elizabeth Smith Mother Kate Elizabeth Singlewoman
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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:18 GMT (UK) »
SMITH, THOMAS  FRANCIS     -      1888  D Quarter in CHIPPENHAM  Volume 05A  Page 76
SMITH, KATE  ELIZABETH     -      1890  S Quarter in CHIPPENHAM  Volume 05A  Page 77

Doesn't look like any of those grandkids have an official father
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Re: what do I do when the census records don't match?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:22 GMT (UK) »
Re districts -
It seems that both Kate Smiths were born in Stanton St Quintin.
So on the 1874 and the 1889 search they both come up in similar households.

Earlier I searched Thomas Smith and Sarah Butler on ancestry, they have a daughter Kate Smith, born 1874, however she is born in Sutton Benger.

The details I have
Kate Smith, born 1889, Stanton St Quintin
Father - Thomas
Mother - not sure - Caroline?
She had a brother called Francis

Kate Smith married a man called Charles Gribble.

The confusion comes with - the mis match in the census records, re her birth and her parents. Did Thomas Smith marry a Caroline Smith? I can't seem to confirm that