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Marital status in census records

Marital status in census records

Has anyone else noticed a tendency in available census records to list people as widowed who more likely were divorced or separated? Sometimes one member of a former couple is listed as widowed, while the other is listed as single or divorced.

In several cases I have found a census record in the same year for the supposedly deceased spouse, living in a different household, sometimes as a lodger or boarder, and sometimes with a different person listed as spouse. In such cases, I take care to match all the other available information for age, occupation, place of birth, etc. to be sure I have correct identification for these individuals.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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