By Barry J. Ewell
Search every line of the census district. Yes, I know that the online databases are very comprehensive and finding your ancestor is 99.5% a sure thing. As a practice be thorough and search every line of the census district and neighboring districts where you family lived. In my research I have found members of family living with friends in other counties, surnames phonetically spelled, members of family listed by middle names or initials. Sometimes I have found census pages in the wrong order, family unit flowing from one page to the next or the census taker was just given wrong information. In one instance I couldn’t find the family living in a group home that was listed near the end of the population schedule for the county.
- Look carefully at other people with same surnames
- Search all individuals living in the same household
- Search the state census
- Search all of your ancestor’s siblings
- Census closest to death can yield many records