What does 24/12 mean in this indexed census?
As you can see in this record, it shows that a 35 year old father and a 33 year old mother have 5 children, ages 13, 11, 9, 5... and 24/12. What does 24/12 mean in this context?
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If it is 24/12, then the child is 2 years of age. I'm not sure, but the 2 may have been crossed out (poorly), leaving the 4/12 - or 4 months.
You can see the instructions to enumerators on several sites. Not sure what year you are viewing, but the instructions for 1920 are
124. Ages of children.-Take particular pains to get the exact ages of children. In the case of a child not 5 years old, the age should be given in completed months, expressed as twelfths of a year. Thus the age of a child 3 months old would be entered as 3/12, a child 7 months old as 7.12, a child 1 year and 3 months old a 1 3/12, a child exactly 3 years old as 3 0/12, a child 3 years and 1 month old as 3 1/12, etc. If a child is not yet a month old, enter the age as 0/12. But note again that this question should be answered with reference to January 1. For instance, a child who is just a year old on the 5th of January 1920, should nevertheless be returned as 11.12, because that is its age in completed months on January 1.0
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