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From: "Sharon Jameson" <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] William Mitchell of Aboyne
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:44:13 +1100
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Good thought Ray - I had forgotten about that score though the ages. Here I
was thinking that John Birss was altering his age to match with an older
wife. What a suspicious mind I have!

Eva - if you find either the Mitchell or Birss originated in the Parish of
Birse I would be interested :)

Sharon
Researching the Parish of Birse
with particular interests in all families from the Forest of Birse
My family names GLASS / EMSLIE / COUTTS / GORDON / FERRIES / FRASER
Website: http://www.birsefolk.id.au/


On 13/03/2008, Sharon Jameson replied to Eva Mitchell::

> ...John Birss is not easy to follow up. There is a huge
discrepancy in his age on the census for 1841 (33) to
1851 (67).

Eva:

If you are interested in following the life of John BIRSS, I
suggest you get a copy of the original images from Scotland's
People. It is quite possible the age on either [or both] of
these census transcriptions. 33 can look like 55 and, more
of a stretch, 43 could look like 67.

When the senior enumerator was checking the original
Census returns, they marked the entries with broad soft
pencils and usually scored over the age column. This
often leads to mis-transcribed ages, curse them!

--
Best wishes

Ray

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