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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)

Who’s Who

Name Nationality Birth Date Death Date
Archie Donahue American - -
Auliffe Mor na Cuimsenach mac Anghusa Mighty Olaf the Great Son of Angus Irish - 1158
Dhuiv da Boirrean Black Haired Man of the Two Barren Hills Irish - 959
Domhnal mac Duidh da Bhoirrean Daniel (Donald) son of Dhuiv da Boirrean Irish - 1015
Donahoe James William Irish 1758 April 5, 1838
Donahoe Thomas American 1815 May 5, 1900
Donahoe Patrick American September 12, 1803 sometime after 1884
Donahoe Patrick Irish March 17, 1811 March 18, 1901
Donahoe Edward "Ned" Miller United States August 20, 1914 March 6, 2000
Donahoe William American July 18, 1839 -
Donahoe John - - -
Donahoe Young American - -
Donahoe Henry M American - March 4, 2006
Donahoe Gerald American - -
Donahoe Teresa American - -
Donahoe Sean American - -
Donahoe Gerard P American 1933 24 December 2006
Donahoe John J American 1962 -
Donahoe Patricia K American - -
Donahoe Paul American - -
Donahoe Patrick R American - -
Donahoo John W. United States - -
Donahoo  Native American 1725 -
Donahoo Michael American - -
Donahoo Scott American - -
Donahoo Adam American - -
Donahoo William American - -
Donahoo Shannon Australian - -
Donahoo Del American - -
Donahoo Daniel Australian - -
Donahoo Tracy American - -
Donahoo Michael J American - -
Donahoo Paul Australian - -
Donahue John American - -
Donahue Tom United States May 21, 1928 April 28, 1975
Donahue James Richard American February 26, 1930 N/A
Donahue Thomas Michael Irish/American 23 May, 1921 16 October 2004
Donahue Phil United States 12/21/35 -
Donahue Maurice A. United States 1919 1999
Donahue J Kevin USA/Irish 2 Sept 1965 -
Donahue Kevin American July 8 1958 -
Donahue Brian M US July 11, 1955 -
Donahue Hessie United States - -
Donahue Jiggs United States - 1913
Donahue Patrick United States 1884 1966
Donahue Francis Rostell "Red" United States 1873 1913
Donahue James J. United States - May 14, 1950
Donahue Michael Cogley United States September 30, 1947 -
Donahue Michael John american 10/31/1861 12/18/1928
Donahue Timothy M. United States - -