1860 census page number

 
 
 
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Wibbus
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1860 census page number

I have an 1860 census page with two penned numbers.  One is written on a line on the left hand side after the words Page No.

Page No. ________

The other is on the right hand side.

Is the one on the left the enumerator's number and the one on the right the Census Bureau's number?

I can't attach the image because it is larger than 1 MB.  Maybe this link will work.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GBSD-9FGX?i=42&wc=QZ2C-Y5V%3A1589429312%2C1589424992%2C1589423918%3Fcc%3D1473181&cc=1473181

I am looking at 6.8 of EE which says to "... always include the specific page for the item of interest."  Which number should I use or should I use both?

 

EE
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Wibbus, the link worked. The number at the top left (87) which is pencilled into the form's blank line that calls for a page number, would be the number entered by the enumerator.  That would be the 87th page of the return for that district. The larger number that appears at the top right (723) is the number added by the Census Bureau when they consolidated and bound many districts into one huge ledger.

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Wibbus
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Thank you, EE.

I'll identify this source as being on "p. 87 (penned by enumerator at top left) and p. 723 (penned by Census Bureau at top right)."

Is that how I should do it?

EE
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Wibbus, in our own working notes, we can be as explicit as we wish to be. If we were submitting an article for publication or preparing a book for press, we'd likely just say "p. 87 (top left)" or "p. 723 (top right)." While we, as researchers, need to understand everything we use, we don't have to put everything we know--or have figured out--into the reference note, especially when (as likely the case) we'd be citing this same census district multiple times.

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Wibbus
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Thank you.  I will keep in mind what you said.  I have no plans to publish, but one knows plans can change.  

The idea of being very explicit appeals to me.  I love the details!