1925 New York Census #usa #records

Cindy Taylor

Is there a way to determine on which date the census was taken at a
particular address? Everything seems to be dated June 1, 1925. I
have an infant who was said to have been born 240 days (ago) on the
1925 NY Census . I need to determine exact birth date due to the
problem of "the curse of the common name."

Cindy Potter Taylor
Boynton Beach, FL

Sherri Bobish

Hi Cindy,
The census is supposed to be a picture of a moment frozen in time.  The date chosen to represent that census is supposed to represent that moment.  For example, technically, no matter what date the enumerator actually interviewed the family, the information is supposed to reflect what was what on that one specific date.  In the case of the 1925 census that date was June 1.

Now, does that plan always work in practice?  No, it does not.

Here is an explanation of how 1925 census enumerators were instructed to record ages of infants:

"The final column for inmates and infants served a dual purpose. It was used to list the “residence (Borough, City or Town and County) given by or for the inmates when admitted,” unless the inmate had no other permanent residence. For children under one year of age, enumerators were told to “write the exact number of days of its age on June 1, 1925. For example, if the child was born on January 1, 1925, you would enter the age as ‘151 D’. (If a child is under one year of age and was born at some other place of abode than that in which its permanent residence is on June 1, 1925, enter in column 12 the city or village and state in which it was born; in column 1, street and street number).”"

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish