Antaine (antaine1) wrote in myfamilytree,

census question (x-posted to Genealogy)

I'm wondering how much leeway I should give when evaluating information contained in an old census.

I've been looking for my great-grandparents in the 1930s census. I think I found the household, but there are things that don't jive.

The names listed are Patrick (head), May (wife), Mary (daughter) and Patrick (son). All that is correct save that my great-grandmother's name was Mary and not May. I see how a reasonable error may have been made with my great-grandfather's Irish pronunciation, if the recorder did not share his accent. Also, May is not a common Irish name, and the daughter is not named May, which would be a further break with custom. The recorder seems to have had neat handwriting, but, as can be seen from the "occupation" responses being recorded on the wrong line and corrected with arrows, he may have gotten to their building at the end of a long day.

The ages of all four people seem to correspond to my relatives.

The birthplaces of all four people correspond to my relatives

The neighborhood is correct as far as where they were living at the time (but I don't know a specific address...that's what I'm hoping to find with the census).

The year of immigration for "May" (Mary?) seems reasonable according to family history.

The year of immigration for Patrick (1907) does not seem reasonable according to family history. 1917 could be reasonable, and he supposedly came to the US on the run from the law, and so might possibly be inclined to lie (?)

So it basically all fits save the wife's name (awfully close) and the husband's immigration year. There is nothing else in the 1930 census on that appears to be as remotely close to what I expected to find as this.

What I'd like to know is, should this result be tossed, forever regarded questionable, or accepted "with an asterisk" as most likely the correct family?

the page (household begins on line 5):

much thanks in advance for any advice
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