Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stretch Your Mind (6/5/10)

I thought it would be fun to sprinkle some quizzes for you to consider in this Blog. The process I’ll use is to ask the question in one post, and then in a later post, give the answer. The answer may be posted the next day, or it may be a bit later. I’m not going to do this all of the time, but every once in a while it may be fun, not to mention educational, to figure out the answers.

Here is the first question for you to consider. It’s an easy one to get warmed up.

We all know that we should take ages reported on the census with a healthy degree of skepticism. After all, age did not have the same importance to our ancestors as it has to us (to drive, to drink, to claim social security, etc), and so reporting it precisely may not have been given all that much thought. And of course once you have the age you have to do the math to figure out the birth year. However, one day while doing some census research I found an adult American ancestor whose birth year I had previously calculated variously as 1890, 1891, and 1892. But this time I arrived at the conclusion that his birth date was indeed 1890, and not only that, but it was in the month of February!

The question is: what census was I researching to get that information, and why was I able to get that specific?

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