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Re: Census Censored..
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Actually, this is not ancestry doing anything, this is how the census taker did it. For the 1820 census, there was no printed form for the census takers to use, they made their own forms up according to instructions/guidelines they were given and from analyzing the handwriting from page 1 to page 44 (where Joseph is), it looks like it was all the same census taker. My guess is they got tired of making that same form over and over and probably didn't see the point of showing the age ranges for slaves and free people of color since they didn't have rights or full rights so he/she grouped them all into 1 category at the end, a sort of an "all other non-white" category that would include slaves and free people of color. It's a shame they did that, but that is what I believe happened and that it's not a case of any kind of censorship going on but a really lazy census taker. I'll try and check the microfilm at my library this week just to be sure, but I believe it will be exactly the same. I think you'll have to use the 1830 census to get any kind of age range for any slaves or free people in the household. Sorry.
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