This post was written by Lorel Kapke about her personal research.
Searching in the Census with a Surname; can’t find ‘em but you KNOW they are there!
Searching the census for my great grandfather and family by surname in a small town would prove to be challenging. They are listed in the 1905 State Census and the 1920 Unites States Census. But where were they listed in the 1910 Census? I know they did not move viewing surrounding census records and other documents. Referring back to the (SYS folders) censuses (see attachment) I quickly referred to previous and future censuses for the street names and neighbors who lived nearby. Paging through one or two census pages I found something I never thought existed, a census included “location, relation, personal description, nativity, citizenship, occupation, education, ownership of home, but did not include names at all! Written on the left side of the census page was the following message:
“Sheet made from cards already punched by order of Mr. Hunt- Feb 9 -11, Original sheet lost after cards were punched”.
Fortunately, they did offer enough information to peace the puzzle together.
Don’t let surnames get in the way, if you have your files in order, a simple review of an organized data can guide you through your brick wall!
This week for Follow Friday I thought I’d do something a bit different. Rather than post blogs I think you should check out, I thought FaceBook pages and groups would be a nice change of pace. Here are some FaceBook pages and groups that may help you with yourresearch.
Genealogy Bloggers – This is a closed group but you can ask to be admitted. In this group, bloggers talk about their research issues, brick walls, websites they’ve found useful and their own blog posts.
International Society of Family History Writers and Editors – ISFHWE is a group that supports and promotes genealogical writers and editors. For full benefits, check out their membership information on their website.
The In-Depth Genealogist – The FaceBook presence of The In-Depth Genealogist which offers many resources for the family historian.
Check out the various FamilySearch sponsored pages on FaceBook that deal with specific states. Here are a couple. Just search for the specific state you need assistance with under Pages to locate others.
- California Genealogy Research
- Illinois Genealogy Research
- Kentucky Genealogy Research
- Montana Genealogy Research
- Oregon Genealogy Research
Do you have any to add? Please list them in the comments below.
© 2012 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413