By Barry J. Ewell
Look at age gaps between children. Is the age cap normal? For example, every two years. Are the age gaps larger than expected? This could be a clue that there was another child or spouse that had passed away. Look at age of husband and wife. Are they about the same age? Is one spouse much older than the other? If yes, this could be a clue that there is second marriage. Look at the ages of children and the place of birth. This might provide clues of where the parents were married or from where the family migrated.
- Return to the census when you have more experience
- Using 1860-1900 migration patterns to find records
- Build a family profile
- Know the difference between primary and secondary information