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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!

 

Creating a Research Plan with Sort Your Story

Working through genealogical research often requires us to stop and examine what we have, where it came from, and where we need to go from here. Sometimes the information creates a brick wall that we cannot seem to get around or over. At these times it is important to go step by step through our research and create a new plan. Sort Your Story can help you create a research plan for either an individual or a family.

What should be in a research plan?

  • A summary of your research problem.
  • The information you know and where it was obtained.
  • A list of the information you would like to know.
  • A list of where you might obtain that information.

Individual

Open the Sort Your Story Profiler and then the file for the individual for which you are having issues.

Add a category called Misc. Documents. Title this “Research Plan.”

Go to the notes section and create a research plan based on the information you have gathered for this individual and the information you wish to find. Save the file.

Family

Open the Sort Your Story Profiler and create a new file. Rather than putting in an individual, just enter a surname and then in the first name field, enter the names of both parents of this family.

Add a category called Misc. Documents. Title this “Research Plan.”

Go to the notes section and create a research plan based on the information you have gathered for this family and the information you wish to find. Save the file.  To create a plan based on the family you will have to examine all the profiles you created for the individuals within that family. Or you can add the documents relating to that family in this profile.

Use Sort Your Story to create a research plan for you family. Let us know how it worked for you in the comment section.

 

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

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