The 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia is a useful source for researching in Georgia. It was done during the ahem, late unpleasantness, between the northern and southern US to locate potential draftees for the southern army.

Many, but not all, individuals' ages in this document are given as "xx Years, yy Months". This could identify a birthday down to the month, or distinguish between individuals with similar or identical names. However, without knowing the month the census was taken, it is impossible to translate such an age to an absolute year and month.

Possibly the census was taken in different months in different counties. If so, is it possible to determine those dates?

I don't see any reference to when, exactly, this census was taken. I viewed the census on Ancestry, if that matters.

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Unlike many Ancestry databases, there is only minimal explanation on the search page of the 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia. However, it does say that the names were extracted from a book of indexed entries. Books have introductions and opening pages with useful information.

Use the "Browse this collection" function at the right of the database's search page, and review image 3:


[from the act mandating the census:]

...The parts of the Militia re-organization act of December 14, 1863, which relate specifically to these records are as follows:

SECTION II. Be it further enacted, that within four days after being notified of his appointment, it shall be the duty of each Aid-de-Camp to commence the enrollment of all free white males resident in his District, who are or shall be of the age of sixteen years, and not over sixty years, or who may come to reside with the Distict, except those who shall actually be in the Army or Navy of the Confederate States, or in the State service. ...

SECTION III. ...it shall be the duty of the Aid-de-Camp, within ten days after the enrollment has been completed in his district, to forward complete lists, in duplicate, ...to the Adjutant and Inspector General, and to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court in each county ...

The lists within the book, abstracted from microfilm of typed transcripts and sorted alphabetically, do not include any header information other than the county and district. What you need are the original lists, which presumably would include the names of the Aides-de-Camp and their appointment dates, and the date of enrollment completion or the date that the copy was received.

The Table of Contents ends with the "Index to Enrolling Officer & Aid de Camp," but there are no dates associated with these names. The Introduction mentions the Georgia Department of Archives & History, Atlanta GA, as the repository for the records, but does not specify whether only the transcripts used by the author are meant or if the original handwritten records might also be available in that facility.

The above repository is now the Georgia Archives, in Morrow GA. And the original census images ARE available on-line, at the Georgia Archives, University System of Georgia as "Militia Enrollment Lists, 1864". They aren't indexed by name, but are organized by county and district. In the few pages I checked, they seem to be using Dec 1863 as a reference date. This may not be true in all districts.

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    I'm going to accept this answer. I was hoping for something more definitive, but this is all good, useful, information. In the Georgia Archives description, I found the statement "The reporting officers signed each list but left them undated." So, it sounds like no one knows for sure. My guess is that this census was completed very promptly because of the pressure of the war. I would be surprised if it was later than the end of January, 1864 before this was completed.
    – Jamie Cox
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 21:30

My ancestors consistently show they are the age given (in years and months) as of January 1864 (Glascock and Warren counties).

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