Ancestor born 1872, why are diff birthplaces listed on 3 separate censuses (Lithuania 1920, Poland 1930 and Russ. 1940)?

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Please tell me the name of the person, and I might be able to help you more. Also, the answer might be, back before WWI and WWII, Russia owned provinces of Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, etc. As they had not gained their separate independence yet. For example, a couple of my ancestors stated their birth place was Minsk, which is today Belarus; However, it was part of Russia back then. So if your ancestor said they were born in Poland back then, it could have been so, or it may have been a Polish province that Russia controlled.
by Derek Blackman G2G6 Mach 1 (19.2k points)
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Thank you! I was thinking something along those lines.
His name is Joseph Zukosky
BIRTH 23 FEB 1872 • Lithuania
DEATH 14 JAN 1946 • Carbondale, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA

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