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#1 jonmira

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:33 PM

How do you handle the age of ancestor when the age varies from one vital record to another.

For example, one ancestor was sixty years old when died per his death record; however, per the age information listed on his marriage record, he was seventy-two years old when he died.

Any suggestion how handle and document events such as this one.

Thanks for any suggestions.

John

#2 Laura

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:56 PM

I usually go with the records nearest the event, in this case the marriage record is nearest the Birth.

Plus, the marriage age was most likely given by the person themselves. The death record age was given by someone else.

Either record could have errors. Do you have any other sources, census, etc.?

You could put the Birth date as a range, between 1900 and 1912. Or you could use the marriage estimated year.

I would explain the conflicts in sources in the Birth note.

#3 jonmira

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:50 PM

Laura,

Thanks, it makes sense to explain the conflicts with a source citation comment.

John

#4 Nettie

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

Since I have the description activated on all my Facts, [activated/checked in Fact List/Edit screen] I change the sentence structure in the Fact List/Edit screen to use the description in the sentence to say what the source says for age. [especially works great with census records.] With a Source attached then the research information details is recorded in the research notes. My comments are the Comments Details.

My way of doing conflicting information found... :)

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#5 Laura

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 01:28 PM

I keep forgetting that you can use or in a date. 1900 or 1916, 2 Jan 1900 or 1916, 2 Jan 1900 or 9 Dec 1916.

That might be better in this case than using between.