Genealogy census tip: Make a alphabet “sampler” from actual census entries

BlocksBy Barry J. Ewell
Make a alphabet “sampler” from actual census entries. If you encounter illegible writing, you may want to study the handwriting of the enumerator who recorded the census form you’re looking at.  You can do this by picking out the most legible letters and words and working from there. For example, the enumerator listing Abraham Lincoln (Illinois) wrote the letter “L” in a way that resembles an “S” and without looking at other words on the page, one might think that he was a “Sawyer” instead of a “Lawyer.”

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