Re: Ancestry 1841 Census
- From: "C Rihan" <csrihan.no.spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 12:42:15 GMT
"Eve McLaughlin" <eve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Is there a logical reason for the rounding? What was it supposed toIt carried on the system as established in the previous 'head count'
censuses. After all, it was of no possible interest to anyone precisely
how out Fred and Fanny Fanackapan were - all that was needed was a
statistical figure for how many males were of an age to serve in the
army if needed (say 20-40), how many over 60s potentially clogging up
the poor relief provision for the Unions, how many children coming on to
the labour market shortly, as so on. Broad divisions into five year
bands were quite adequate - and no one would ever want to know details
like that about common folk, would they?
Market research people ask which age band you are in for their surveys
so it's still a convenient way of dividing people into groups.
It's worth knowing when searching that the birth years in the index must
be worked out from the 'rounded' age.
However, sometimes an exact age for an adult slipped through which
would give a different birth year for the search.
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