Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Census and the Centenarian

A genealogist from Oklahoma was able to tell an old woman in Michigan exactly how old a woman she is.

Mattie Caldwell turned 108 earlier this month. But she didn't know it at the time.

Caldwell celebrated her March 5 birthday with friends and family at her home in Genesee County's Flint Township, about 55 miles northwest of Detroit.

But she told The Flint Journal she had forgotten what year, exactly, she was born.
Patricia Funchess scoured historical records and found Mattie recorded as a 9-year-old in the 1910 census, making the 1901 date the correct one. [Link]

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