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Census births

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 8:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ferriola Torre
In checking the 1910 census of my great grandmother Nellie Torre it states she had 6 children and 1 still living. Would that mean she had 6 actual births, or would miscarriages be included in that? I am trying to determine dates, as my great grandparents had only been married 8 years. I have no more information on them other than what is in census reports, so every tidbit of information gained is helpful KWIM?
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Tammy

Re: Census births

Posted: 25 Aug 2012 2:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, the 1910 census did list the number of children born, and the actual number of children still living at the time of this census.

Re: Census births

Posted: 2 Sep 2012 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Instructions to the enumerator for the 1910 census for that category:

116. Column 10. Number of children born.-This question applies to women who are now married, or who are widowed, or divorced. The answer should give the total number of children that each such woman has had during her lifetime. It should include, therefore, the children by any former marriage as well as by her present marriage. It should not include the children which her present husband may have had by a former wife, even though they are members of her present family. Stillborn children should not be included. If the woman has never had any children, write "0" in this column and also in column 11.

Full instructions: http://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/inst1910.shtml

I know in my own family, my 2xg grandmother gave a different answer for total number in 1900 and 1910. By 1910, she was elderly, and I have heard that her memory was failing. Today, she would probably have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Another 2xg grandmother was living at the 1900 census and deceased before 1910, but the count for 1900 was far short of the confirmed known children.


Re: Census births

Posted: 21 May 2013 2:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
There were a lot of infant deaths during that period and it could be that the babies died in infancy. My own tree has a lot of children born 1 year apart - some had infant deaths, some were twins. It was a sad time then.

Re: Census births

Posted: 7 Sep 2013 11:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Despite the fact that the 1940 census was supposedly the most accurate, it clearly had mistakes.
My mother was raised by her grandparents as her mother was unmarried and worked not only out of home but in the next state where she more easily found work. She grew up as "one of her grandparents' children" but of course knew she was their grandchild.
When the census was taken, my mother was listed as child age 5 and her grandparents were aged! Why the census taker would not have questioned that, who knows? Maybe it was assumed.
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