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Need some advice..How to locate parents of a single person in 1850??

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Re: Need some advice..How to locate parents of a single person in 1850??

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 2:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

You will not find either of them [Thomas or Elizabeth living with their parents in the 1840 census because neither is head of household.



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 +++


SubjectAuthorDate Posted
efficiencypro 25 Nov 2013 8:59AM GMT 
Jo_McPhail 26 Nov 2013 7:24PM GMT 
Jo_McPhail 26 Nov 2013 7:29PM GMT 
thomasker2 26 Nov 2013 9:25PM GMT 
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