JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Ages of child #general

Harold Pollins <pollins@...>

Surely no ambiguity here. It can only mean 4 years and 7 months. The
fraction is commonly used.


-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara C. Johnson <>
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <>
Date: 04 August 1998 20:48
Subject: Ages of child

When I was viewing the 1920 Census, my aunt was listed as being 4
7/ I finally realized. The "7" was not clear and I was
trying to \figure out qwhat "4 /12" was. It may be that it was
a ministerial error. For instance, if it was the custom of
writing out the years and months of a young child's age, it may
also have been ordinary to write out also months and days, and
the two could have been mixed up. Like saying 2 and 10. One
person would think 2 months 10 days, another 2 years, 10 months.

Just a thought, Barbara

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