Genealogy census tip: Use the census to calculate the birth year of your ancestor

Census Birth YearBy Barry J. Ewell
As you track your ancestor through the U.S. Federal Population Censuses, I have often used the age to help me

  • Identify individual members of the family
  • Provide clues to confirm I have the right person/family unit as you search each census
  • Provide clues as to relationship in the family
  • Provide clues if I have the right female when surnames change through marriage
  • Provide clues when people use nicknames and other name variations from one census to the next
  • See the following article to help you calculate the birth year associated with each census, “Using the census to calculate the birth year of your ancestor.”

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