I am truly struggling with this prompt:
The Week 5 prompt is “In the Census.” What intriguing find have you made in a census? What has a series of census records shown you? Do you have an ancestor who constantly ages only 7 years between censuses?”
I have over 1200 United States Federal Census records saved to my tree from 1790 to 1940, 250 New York State Census records from 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925 and 35 state census records from Iowa, Kansas, and Rhode Island. None of these stick out as having been incredible finds.
I went to my facebook page to see what kind of census stuff I posted there. Here are my findings:
March 19, 2012
I spent the evening researching my grandfather’s oldest sister. She was about 35 years older then he was. I followed her through all available census records 1860-1930. (1890 not available and 1940 census records will start to be available first week in April!) She was married and widowed three times. in 1910 & 1930 I found her living with married daughters. Her last marriage was in 1919 at about age 63 and she died in 1942. Her name was Octavia Barcomb Boyer Corron Hamelin. In the 1900 census, she said she had had 10 children, 7 of whom were still living.
August 8, 2013
Cy’s second great grand uncle, Louis was 12 in the 1850 census (possibly misreading a “15”, handwriting is so difficult to decipher). By 1860 he was married and 25 years old, his wife was 23.
In 1870, he has aged to 48 years old, adding 23 years while his wife has only aged 6 years in those 10.
In 1880, Louis is back to being 45, and his wife is now 33.
Similar numbers out of thin air in 1900, 1910, & 1915.
How am I supposed to figure out what year he was actually born???
March 11, 2017
Here’s Levi in 1820 in Peru NY. It looks to me like columns 4 and 5 were each marked with a “1” then it was changed to “0” and “2.” Same with column 13. it was originally a “1” and changed to a “0.”
What do you think?
Adding to my guess that the numbers were changed is the fact that there are no zeros otherwise on the page, just a dot if there was no number.
March 13, 2017
And these people are the reason genealogy research is so difficult! The family at the bottom of the page has a 6-year old named Harold and a 4 1/2-year old named Harry.
June 25, 2017
1860 census: Can anyone interpret the name on the top line? It was a male born about 1857. His brother Jean Baptiste Barcom(b) is listed on the next line.
Believe it or not…from the next census, it looks like his name is Oliver.
July 17, 2017
I looked through all the 1892 Ellenburg census records for my great-grandparents Isadore and Nancy Lastraw. Then I remembered that my grandmother was born in Chateaugay. So I started the search for Franklin County records. After several different tries with (hundreds) different search terms and going “there HAD to be someone named Nancy in 1892 Franklin County, This is ridiculous!,” I found a notation that said that not all counties kept the originals of these records and there are NO known records for Franklin County for 1892.
So I learned something and it was not a total waste of three hours of my time…
The end result of my struggle to write something about “In the Census” is that I am forever thankful of the availability of these records through several internet sources. I am also thankful for the community of FaceBook where I can share my joys and disappointments of the efforts to piece together the puzzle of where I came from.