Should "uncertain" be used if a birth date is different in two documented sources?

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The profile of Flora Blue has two documents with birth dates: The census shows 1 June 1862, and the marriage certificate shows 31 May, 1862. It is only a difference of one day, but I do not know how to mark it (Certain? or Uncertain?).

My suspicion is that it should be "certain" with a note in the biography to indicate there is an alternate date in another source.
WikiTree profile: Flora MacQuarrie
in Policy and Style by Jonathan Mills G2G3 (3.4k points)

3 Answers

+4 votes
Just my opinion, but I'd mark it certain if only off by a day.  I'd go with the one on the marriage cert.
by Anonymous Nagel G2G6 Mach 3 (30.4k points)
Ok, im curious, why the marriage certificate?
Census dates can be super wacky, I’d go with the marriage cert too.
+3 votes
I'd say that this is "certain", provide a note on the difference in the recorded dates, and (unless there is anything unusual about the record), go with the date on the marriage certificate.
by David Dobie G2G5 (5.7k points)
+2 votes
Uncertain, since it is uncertain which of the two dates is correct. "Uncertain" is also "About", which is also appropriate in this case.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (220k points)

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