LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 4, 2014) Gertrude Weaver was celebrating her 116th birthday Friday at her nursing home in Camden, Ark., and the Gerontology Research Group has named her the oldest living American, supplanting 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.
Using newly analyzed Census records, researchers confirmed that Weaver is now the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world.
The research group, which consults for the Guinness Book of World Records, says the 1900 Census listed Weaver as 2 years old, which means she was born in 1898.
Although no birth record exists for Weaver, she celebrates her birthday each year on July 4.
Robert Young, Guinness' senior consultant for gerontology, says Weaver is the second-oldest confirmed person in the world, behind 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.