”Do I use the official date of the census or the date the enumerator actually recorded the information?”
If the enumerator recorded a date then I use it, if he/she didn’t then I use the official census date.
Rebecca asks a related question:
”I looked at some tax records on microfilm at the state archives. The records were labeled 1826 but on the documents themselves there is no date. Should I assume that these really are from 1826?”
I would put 1826 as my date but in my source citation I would put an explanatory note stating that the Archives have this filed as 1826 but no date was found on the actual documents.
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis