wrong information on census records #bessarabia


I am wondering if anyone else has encountered misinformation presented on a census record. I have
recently encountered two scenarios.

The first is a 1915 New York State Census in which the entire family (husband, wife and 6 of 7 children)
are listed. However, the wife's 1911 immigration record states she was a widow at that time. In the
son's 1918 WWI draft record, he only mentions his mother's name and address. This WWI draft record
lists the son's birth date which is an exact match to his Bessarabian birth record, which provides his
mother and father's names as well as his paternal grandfather's name. >from that information I found
a 1910 Bessarabian death record for his father which matches the names on the birth record, exactly.

So, two records indicate that the husband died before the family came to the US. The 1915 census
record is also odd in that the father's age is not listed. It's almost as if he was not present for the
census taker to get that information. I don't know what to do with the 1915 Census.

The second scenario is for a divorced couple. The husband moved to another state. His wife and
child stayed behind. He divorced his wife in 1920, a number of years after his move. Yet, I found a
1930 census record that matches the names and ages of both the ex-wife and daughter in the
original home state. The ex-husband is listed there as the husband and his age matches, too. The
only thing that does not match is the husband's occupation. He is listed as a plumber, when in
fact, he was a sewing machine salesman. In 1940, the ex wife lists herself and her daughter
without the ex husband's name, but states herself as married, not divorced. The surname is not
common. It is hard to believe that there could be two different families with the same surname and
same given names and ages for 3 people.

What have other researchers experienced and does anyone have suggestions as to how to handle
that information?

I would greatly appreciate input >from other researchers who have experienced something similar.

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
searching: Rabinowitz, Wishnefsky, Grubin, Chaykin, Feldman, Alderman, Phenes (Minsk);
Newman, Jacobs, Simiansky, Weinberg (Chisinau); Sarote, Yanoff (Bielsk); Weingarten, Lerner,
Rosenfeld, Goldstein (Lublin and Mezrich)

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