Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"The Census Taker Cometh"

I missed Michael John Neill's original article with this title when he published it on Ancestry.com in 2004, and again when he reprinted it on his Rootdig blog on 14 April 2008.

What a great article that perfectly describes some of the reasons that census data is so varied from decade to decade. It's a keeper for me.

This brings to mind the challenge made several years ago (was it Kory Meyerink? I looked for this on Google but couldn't find a link) to provide a reward to the first person who could provide census information that shows exactly the same name, age and birthplace information for one person over many years of the census. To my knowledge, no one was been able to do this.

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