16 February 2007

The Censustaker is at the door...

Census records can contain many errors, but in addition to variants of spelling , pronunciation, and handwriting, think about what might have really happened when that census taker came to your ancestor's door.
  • Who answered the questions?
  • What did they really know?
  • Did the census taker really care?
  • Were they actually lying?
  • etc.

We've posted an article on our site The Census Taker Cometh that might get you to thinking about what really happened when the censustaker came around.