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Accuracy of US Census

Replies: 2
Posted: 20 Aug 2005 9:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Oct 2005 7:14PM GMT
Yes, there are many omissions on the US censuses, but don't jump to conclusions and think that your ancestors were missed if you can't find them. Most of the time I've finally found missing ancestors after searching different spellings of their last names, by searching other relatives, or by trying to follow their neighbors from 10 years before. I have a few more tricks I use. At times I have even paged through every township in a county until I finally found my family with an unreadable surname.

It surprises me how thorough the census takers were even if they misspelled names and botched information. So far I’ve even found people in the deepest, poorest hollows of Appalachia. Usually the individuals are in the census somewhere, so I wouldn't give up too easily.

Sincerely,

Susan
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
lc3150 2 Aug 2005 5:09AM GMT 
jdweintraub 2 Aug 2005 10:55PM GMT 
SusanDavisvnt... 21 Aug 2005 3:28AM GMT 
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