Every census has an official census “date.” This is the date, as of which, all questions are to be answered. The problem is that sometimes the census is not taken on that date and people confuse the “real” date with the “census” date. And some genealogists forget that the date the census information was gathered, which is sometimes listed on the page, is not necessarily the census date.



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  1. I have been using the date at the top of the census or what is noted on the side of the page if the information was recorded over more than one day. To make sure I understand, the date the information was actually recorded is not as important as the census date, if both are available? Thanks!

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