Henry Swift is my 2 x Gt Grandfather. According to the burial record (17 Apr 1905 in St Helens), he was aged 62, which would make his year of birth 1843. However, the census returns of 1841, 1881 both give his date of birth as abt 1841. He married Margaret Atherton on 16 April 1860, & the marriage record gives his date of birth as 21, which would make his year of birth as 1839!
There are a number of Henry Swifts & I am having difficulty in going back further with the family tree, as obviously I am unsure that I have the correct Henry Swift!! The only thing that I know for sure is that my 2 x Gt Grandfather married Margaret Atherton (1835 - 1897).
I have heard that the year of birth isn't always correct on the census record, but I just want to make sure I have the correct Henry, to be able to trace his parents.
Hope that someone can help!