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Birth years from census (UK) data
It seems almost universal for people to get a probable birth year from census data by subtracting the age from the census year. Certainly some websites and some census CDs provide this as "helpful" information. For me it isn't helpful and personally I always subtract one more year from the result. All the 19th century censuses except 1841 were taken the first weekend in April, so people were three times more likely to have been born a year earlier. E.g. if a person was 24 in 1851, the accepted guess by subtracting one from the other seems to be 1827 for the birth year. But in point of fact, making of course the big assumption that the age is correct, this person was probably born between April 1826 and the end of March 1827. Born any later and (s)he would have been only 23 at the 1851 census. So for 1851 I subtract the ages from 1850, and similarly for the other censuses. 24 from 1850 gives 1826 which is the true "most probable birth year". If you don't do this you may be looking in the wrong year when you go looking for details in the parish registers. Most baptisms took place before the child was three months old, and usually less than that. For someone who was "24" at the 1851 census, even the baptism may have taken place as early as April or May 1826, so I'd always start looking in 1826 and only go on to 1827 if I couldn't find what I was looking for. In 1841 the census was taken in June, and ages above 15 are usually in a state of confusion reflecting the enumerators' understanding, or more usually lack of understanding, of the guidelines. Ages above 15 were supposed to be rounded down to the nearest multiple of 5, so that "20" stands for anything between 20 and 24 and so on. But many enumerators gave up, ignored the instructions and gave the exact age - and I always offer up silent thanks when they did! But for ages under 15, or where the enumerator gave an age that was not a multiple of five, the birth still has seven chances out of twelve (and therefore still slightly more than 50%) of having taken place in the year before the one you get by merely subtracting the age from the census year. Source: Tony Woodward (GOONS)

Businesses of the Name

Name Location Period
Dunphy's Ice Cream Parlour Burlington, CT, USA Current
Dunphys Ltd Hammersmith, London, England Since 1908
Fred Donehoo Lake Placid, Florida, USA Current
Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home Lodi, Calif. USA Current
J Donohoe & Associates LLC Cleveland, Ohio, USA
J. O'Donoghue Books Anoka, MN, USA 30 years
Jerry Donohue Engineering Co. Sheboygan, Michigan, USA 1921 - ?
John Donoghue Cycles 50, Pature Rd, DN14 6HD, Goole. Yorks, England 57 years
John O'Donohue's Sons New York, USA Mid to late 19th century
John T. Donehue & Co. Liquors 276 Middlesex, Lowell, M A 1905-1920
Joseph F Dunphy MBA Clifton, NJ/Passaic/USA 1990-
Joseph J. O'Donohue & sons New York Late 19th into 20th century
Joyce Donohue Laconia, New Hampshire USA Current
Kevin Donoghue Essex, UK 1997
M.A.Donohue & Co Chicago, USA Early 20th century
McKenna O'Donoghue Clarke Cork, Ireland Current
O'Donoghue & Associates Durban, South Africa Current
O'Donoghue & Company Fort Myers, Florida 1991
O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue Washington DC Current
O'Donoghue Books Hay-On-Wye, Powys, Wales 1994 - current
O'Donoghue Builders Chicago, USA 1992 -
O'Donoghue Financial Planning, LLC New York, USA Current
O'Donoghue Holdings, LLC Winter Park, Florida 2008
O'Donoghue Photographic Studio Cavan Town, Co. Cavan, Ireland Current
O'Donoghue Photography Studio Cavan, Ireland Current
O'Donoghue's Castleisland, Co. Kerry. 1969 to present
O'Donoghue's Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Current
O'Donoghue's Goldhawk Rd, London, Shepherd's Bush, England Current
O'Donoghue's Bar Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland From 1789
O'Donoghue's Carriage House Nenagh, Co.Tipperary, Ireland Current
O'Donoghue's Irish Pub Elm Grove, WI, USA
O'Donoghue's of Nyack Nyack, New York, USA 1960
O'Donoghue's Steaks & Seafood 900 East High Street, Jefferson City, Missouri. USA Current
O'Donoghue's Tavern Rockland, NY, Lower Hudson Valley, USA
O'Donoghues Jefferson City, Missouri United States of America 2002-
O'Donoghues First National Melbourne. Australia Current
O'Donohoe's Find Adelaide, Australia Current
O'Donohue Industries Inc. Milwaukee, WI, USA Current - for 50 years
O'Donoughue & Associates Event Management Ltd. Mansonville, Quebec, Canada 1991-current
O'Ds kitchen USA
P.B Donoghue Ltd London, England Current - for 30 years
Paul M. Donoho, Architect, LLC Honoka'a, Hawaii, U.S.A. 2004-Present
Sexton & Donohue Melrose, MA, USA Current
Shannon Donohue Real Estate Wilbraham, Palmer, Western MA, Monson, USA
Silverang & Donohoe, LLC Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, USA
The Donahoes Westlake Village, CA, USA Current
The Donahue Corporation Durham, Kansas, USA Since 1962
The Donoho School Anniston, Alabama, USA Since 1963
The Donohoe Companies Inc Washington DC, USA 1884-
The Donohoe Companies, Inc. Washington, DC Current