The census we use today was not the one on which the census taker took his “original” enumeration.

The census copy that we use – the one that is the “good” copy, was written by the census taker after he finished taking the census.  He used his field notes to make the good copy.

If he had a question about what it was he wrote down (couldn’t read his handwriting), do you think he went back and asked the person again?

Think about it!