Genealogy census tip: Search every line of the census district

Checkmarks 2By 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.

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