[Note: Since my field doesn’t particularly lend itself to image annotation, here’s an image from my erratic family history research. I notice that the embed leaves much to be desired in the realm of formatting.]
Below is the death certificate of my 3x great-grandfather’s second wife. It’s of interest because of a bizarre discrepancy in her recorded birth dates (or maybe not that bizarre. Frankly, I’m not familiar enough with the history of these things to know how often this happens. I like to think it has to do with murder ;). My longer research notes are attached below the photo.
“BIRTHDATE MYSTERY NOTE: Marriage Certificate to Thomas Doyle lists Josephine’s birthdate as 13 Nov 1863. The month and year are supported by the 1900 Federal Census. However, on Josephine’s Marriage Certificate to Dallas Chambers her birthdate is listed as 19 Sept 1865. The logical conclusion would be that these are different people. Except that the 1900 census that supports the first birthdate supports the exact residence address as the second marriage certificate, Josephine’s first husband is listed as having died two and a half years earlier on the Chambers marriage certificate, which corresponds with a death certificate for a Thomas Doyle that lives at the exact same residence address as the 1900 census and the Chambers marriage certificate list. It follows that these two Josephines are likely the same person.
ADDITIONAL: Based on Josephine’s death certificate, it appears that at her death she was using the new year but the old date or, at least, not the date on the Chambers marriage certificate. If she was using the Sept date from that certificate, she would be listed as 38 years old; however, if she was using the Nov date from the first marriage certificate, she could (relatively) correctly be stated as 37 years old at the time of death.
I’ll have to do a full post on Josephine sometime.