i've only been at this type of research for a couple of years so please be kind.
i have a census where i believe the family lied about a member being there. the situation is pretty dicey and i think they are covering.
what i know:
in 1905 the mother X and daughter XX drop off a 4 year old granddaughter R, she is the daughter of K, K is another daughter of X and sister of XX. i have agency paperwork in hand, saying R's grandmother and aunt drop her off because K got married to a soldier and moved to midwest. K was 13 when R was born, she has just turned 16 when she marries, not the father of R.
i have all the right names X, XX, K in 1900 census plus family data as to ethnicity of family.
i have K with right husband in 1910 chicago.
the trouble is the K is also reportedly in her birth family in 1910, X, XX and another sister, with a new husband.
if this was a "normal family", i would take the presence of K in 1910 as disconfirming evidence and throw out my hypothesis of her birth family and keep looking.
but the family has good reason to be lying and covering up the now moved away daughter....
anyhow. how should i comment this on my tree?
possible family? keep looking? mystery?
how common is lying to census do people think?
are there places to read about the common errors one will see in census due to prevarication?
it's not the first time i've seen this. i've seen numbers of living children erased, birth dates fudged, Widow changed to Married for a missing husband. so how certain can we be of the census data?
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