Number of years of present marriage on 1910 US Census #general


A. E. Jordan
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Deborah Barr

How should I interpret this - that she was married 11 years when her
husband died, or that she was married in 1899?


Unfortunately you can not trust the accuracy of the Census to assume either way.
Did the person understand the question when it was asked?
Did they think the question was how many years ago did you get married
or did they think it was how many years were you married? You simply
can not be certain.

Instead use other clues. You say the husband died between 1906 and 1908 --
have you looked for the death certificate? Were they immigrants?
If so have you looked at the immigration records and maybe a naturalization?
Were there children? If there is a 10 year old child in 1910 you might
have a clue. Also you might want to look at the 1900 and 1905 Census
to see what' there. You sort of need to follow the paper trail to
look for the wife and the marriage and see how or if it
progresses over time.

Allan Jordan


Emily Garber
 

Deborah Barr <deborah.barr@rocketmail.com> wrote:
My relative was widowed sometime between 1906 and 1908.
Her 1910 census record has 11 for the Number of years of
present marriage.

How should I interpret this - that she was married 11 years
when her husband died, or that she was married in 1899?
Well, when humans are involved there are instructions and then there
is practice. My go-to resource when wondering about what enumerators
were told to do is the Minnesota Population Center, University Of
Minnesota. They have the instructions to enumerators for census
enumerations. For the 1910 census, go to

https://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/inst1910.shtml

Item 115. Column 9. Number of years of present marriage.
This question was only applicable to people reported as married, so,
one can immediately see the problem here. The answer was supposed to
provide the number of years married to the present husband or wife.
The enumerator made an error. No number should have been placed in the
column for your relative.

My suggestion: don't interpret it without additional information
from other sources.
Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ


Deborah Barr
 

My relative was widowed sometime between 1906 and 1908. Her 1910 census
record has 11 for the Number of years of present marriage.

How should I interpret this - that she was married 11 years when her
husband died, or that she was married in 1899?

Deborah Barr
LUMER, GUREFSKY/GURIEFSKY/GURIEVSKY - Rascov, Moldova; Kniazhe,
Ukraine; Kryzhopol, Ukraine