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Searching in the Census with a Surname

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.

I found three people living in the correct location, ages, birth year, place, race, gender, marital status, father and mothers birth place all added up to a match that is difficult to ignore.

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!

 

5 Reasons Kids Should Use Sort Your Story

There are many great things about the Sort Your Story software and many adults are using it to organize their genealogical research. Did you know it is an excellent program for kids? Here are 10 reasons why your child should be using Sort Your Story.

  1. Easy to use. Kids can create a profile on themselves or an ancestor in just a few clicks. This is a great first step using software as a child enters the world of genealogy.
  2. It is colorful. Sort Your Story is very visually appealing. Lots of colorful icons are available for all record types.
  3. It is printable. Once a profile is created and records and information have been added, you can print the information and share it.
  4. It will keep you organized. Sort Your Story has a folder for every record type you need. Images can be stored in these folders for easy retrieval.
  5. You can use it for school. Sort Your Story allows you to write notes to accompany each record you enter for an individual. You can transcribe records or write a story. All of this information can be copied from Sort Your Story and pasted into a Word document to write a report for school.

What do you think? Are you ready to share Sort Your Story with your child?

© 2012 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413

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