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A Pennsylvania genealogist, Tammy Hepps, has a lesson for us all, The Legal Genealogist included.

It’s about that census…

… And, more particularly, about that census taker.

It’s an absolutely brilliant study of one enumeration district, District 144, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, in 1920. Read it here: “When Henry Silverstein Got Cold: Fraud in the 1920 Census,” by Tammy Hepps.

Pennsylvania census map

And the lesson it teaches is that as long as people are involved, there are gonna be errors.

Some of them, quite deliberate.

Read it for yourself.

I promise. You won’t regret the time it takes you.

Well done, Tammy. Well done.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “And about that census…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 22 Mar 2022).

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