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From: "Ian Hunter" <>
Subject: RE: TWICE in the 1881 census?
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 10:54:08 +0100
In-Reply-To: <003701c248a6$1a3b9a80$94dc3c3f@noel>

I suppose a lot depends on how the enumerator posed the question. *Who
lives here* and *Who is here* have different connotations.

But possibly a wife didn't want to admit hubby was away?

Some folks memories seem to be a bit vague too, grow younger as the
censuses appear, got married when they didn't, changed the names of
their kids and forgot where they were born!


Ian Pubby Hunter

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Noel Clark [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 1:03 AM
> To:
> Subject: FW: TWICE in the 1881 census?
> I don't wish to doubt the research work of others.
> But, I must say I find this "double appearance" to be most odd.
> I can accept that a person might have been "present" at two different
> households in the same village, and can think of a number of
> reasons why
> this might occur. But in two completely different locations
> ......? Why
> on earth would two households say that the same person was present?
> Further, are we talking here about the transcribed version on
> CD-ROM, or
> the actual census "as enumerated"?
> There were many instances of people with the same name, and same
> birthplace, and the same age; often this occurred with first
> cousins. So
> can we be completely sure that we are dealing with the same person, or
> two persons with the same name?
> Regards,
> Noel

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