Re: 1930 census - invented people #general #records #usa

Christine Hills

An enumerator filled out the form in the US 1930 census so it is possible that the family were not at home when the enumerator called and that a neighbor was asked and and gave their own false assumption or simply made it up.  I have known this to happen much more recently than 1930. Some enumerators just wanted to get finished and even asked children to tell them who lived next door or at a particular house.  Unless you know who gave the information you have no means of assessing  its accuracy. 
Certainly the majority of returns are accurate, but I wouldn't take it as certain without confirmation from other records.
Christine Hills tinasusanamy@...  living in Dublin Ireland

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