I can’t find my person in the census

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I can’t find my person in the census

  1. 1. I CAN’T FIND MY PERSON IN THE CENSUS
  2. 2. LESS IS MORE • Avoid using gender • The less you enter the more results • Only one wrong box filled in will invalidate your search
  3. 3. Mistakes in the name • Mispelled by enumerator • Mistranscribed by the indexer • Going by a nickname or middle name
  4. 4. Search Strategies • Search by a known spouse or child Try one of the younger children • Search the last name with similar first names (Kate/Katherine or Robert/Roland) • Search for a middle name. • Search for a nickname • Search spelling variations • Search first name only to see transcribing errors T and L, L and S, I and J, R and B, H and A
  5. 5. Mistakes in years • Always allow a margin of 2 years or more for the age. • Problem of calculating age. • 1841 British Census ages for adults rounded to nearest 5
  6. 6. Mistakes in place • Variations from one census to another. Perhaps a different degree of precision a town vs a village, a parish vs a hamlet • When a child leaves home, the first census is often incorrect, often the town where they grew up is given by mistake.
  7. 7. Narrowing your search • Use more than one index. • At Familysearch.org, you can specify two members of the household • At Ancestry.com, you can search the given name of the spouse and parents • At Findmypast.com, you can search for any two people in the household You can search by occupation and by address
  8. 8. 1880 Census – parents birthplace • US Census after 1880, you can specify the birthplace of the parents.
  9. 9. Look at the neighbors • Many will be related • Ethnic clues will give you some social history
  10. 10. Look at the neighbors • Many will be related • Ethnic clues will give you some social history

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