Let’s say you are looking at a census record, an obituary, or anything that might record someone’s age as opposed to their date of birth. For example,
1850 US Federal Census, Columbia County, Georgia
Mortimer Snerd, male, age 48, farmer, born in Georgia
How would you record Mortimer’s date of birth? Most people would simply put “About 1802” but is that the most accurate way to record it?
If Mortimer was born before the census date then he was born in 1802. If he was born after the census date then he was born in 1801. A more accurate way of recording his date of birth is 1801-1802.
This is one of those OCD things.
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