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Elizabeth Sims

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Re: Elizabeth Sims

Posted: 12 Aug 2013 1:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.




Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++


IND Vital Records -
On March 5, 1945, the General Assembly of the State of Indiana approved H. 449, an act relating to vital statistics; providing for the collection of records of births and deaths. Acts 1945, c. 154.

statement source -
Dawn M. Adams
Staff Attorney
Indiana State Department of Health
Office of Legal Affairs
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317/233-7874
Fax: 317/233-7143

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katiecahall 4 May 2013 8:19PM GMT 
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