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From: "charles sehner" <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH] Fw: Szehner
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 18:13:34 -0400
Eve & Alice,
I believe it would be wise, to Read and Heed this good advise, from these
two lovely ladies who took their time to respond on this topic. It's easy to
get caught up in wishful thinking. A wake-up call is sometime needed to get
back on track. Your example's tell it all.
Have a wonderful day,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eve" <>
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: [DVHH] Fw: Szehner
>I second that!
> Here is what I consider a good example of census errors.
> I am inclined to think that this was done as a practical joke by one of
> teenage sons still living at home. Parents only spoke Hungarian.
> Father and head of households name listed as "Marvin" actually Andras/Andy
> Oldest daughter listed as "Irvin" - actually Irene, also listed as working
> in the coal mine, you can see where daughter was written then erased and
> wrote down.
> Another daughter listed as "Goldstein" and actually was Goldie, same deal
> with erasing daughter and putting son down. We have a pretty good idea
> the culprit was in this, but he's no longer around to defend his self. I
> thought it rather funny that the only names changed were the older
> - and who would a bratty little brother mess with. I guess the sisters
> out in the end - they outlived him and are still going strong.
> A little census humor - now try to imagine how hard it was to find this
> On 3/30/07, <> wrote:
>> I've been reading your dialogue with Alex and thought I would pass on a
>> bits of 'wisdom' gleaned from my husband and my (80 years combined)
>> work in genealogy. Perhaps this will help you in your future work.
>> When using internet information provided by others (such as One World
>> to Ancestry.com, it is wise to question the validity until you have found
>> proof to verify what you find. There are many mistakes listed as fact by
>> people who do not have accurate information (my own grandparents are
>> listed with
>> incorrect data by some researcher who thought they had the correct info
>> them and their children but in reality they have combined children and
>> from two different generations!); it does, however, provide you a point
>> reference to begin further research.
>> Regarding the validity of information provided on US Census forms: Census
>> takers were not required to talk to the head of the household.
>> information was often provided by anyone who answered the door, in some
>> cases even
>> field hands not related to the family, so the data found on the forms is
>> always 100% reliable. Census takers also had difficulty understanding
>> people they interviewed; thus we find strange versions of a person's name
>> where they were from. Also, these people (especially in the earlier
>> received very little training and were under the pressure of completing
>> their census
>> area in a given time frame so short-cuts were taken as in the case of no
>> being at home so the neighbor provided the information recorded on the
>> And finally, you are more apt to find a more specific location given for
>> birthplace in the census of the 1800s; in the 1900s more generic place
>> names were
>> often used, such as "Austria" even for those who lived in Hungary.
>> As you can see from these few examples, the US Census is an important
>> of information to use in guiding you forward in your research, but it is
>> important to be careful when interpreting what you find, even if it is on
>> a photocop
>> y of the original form. You may consider these as valid documents, but
>> always accurate.
>> Alice in Michigan
>> "Anneliese Connections"
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