You know, genealogists cannot live in a vacuum -- no man is an island and all that. Certainly, these suggestions from readers for fine turning census research offer additional insight into research possibilities on the heels of three previous DearMYRTLE blog entries.
I was reading the Dodging Census II tonight and went looking for census records.
Teresa noted that she thought Susan might be Susan Black, daughter of George W Black, who in 1870 resided in Wilson county TN.
On the 1880 census page with Susan Markam there is a GW Black several lines above Susan's listing. Perhaps it is her dad? A check of probate records for George W Black in Wilson County TN might be useful.
Susan's older daughter is Caldonia (or Caledonia) in the 1880 census - she may have a different last name in the 1870 census. There were about 84 Cald* and about 50 Caled* in TN in the 1870 census with a birth year between 1864 and 1868, but I couldn't find one that had a mother Susan, although I didn't check every one, only the ones in Dekalb and Wilson counties.
I'm not sure I've helped any, but thought I would pass on the results of my hour of looking for Tennessee Dodgers.
Subject: German names in Census
My 2 cents worth. In regards to German names in the census [in Dodging the Census] I have found Adolph Vattes is listed as Adam Vaddes, Vottes, Vattis.. it could also be spelled as Fottes etc as a V is pronounced as an F and W is pronounced as a V in the German language if I remember correctly, its been a few years since I learned a little of the German language...and Albrecht Bauer listed as Albert Pauer, Bauer, Bower, Power, etc.
You just have to think phonetically.
Not all census takers were good at spelling -- they wrote the name as it sounded to them. I have seen census takers who can't write worth a hill of beans. I think the counties must have got the worst spellers and writers when they called for census takers. Even through all the bad spelling & etc., you can't beat a census for finding ancestors.
I wished they had asked more questions on the forms.
Thank for letting me ramble.
Ol' Myrt here is thrilled to see how helpful you’ve been by making additional suggestions to Elizabeth Kaspar, the researcher in the original blog entry. I heartily recommend the following additional ideas for navigating census records:
- Ancestry’s blank Census forms (1790-1930 US with links to UK & Canadian census forms.)
- Brigham Young University’s US Census Tutorial
- Genealogy.com’s Making Sense of the U.S. Census
- Karen Clifford’s Turn the Century Online with the 1900 Census
- Randy Seaver’s blog entry Dear Genea-Man: Why Can't I Find My Ancestors in the Census
- Rootsweb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees, specifically #9 American Census Records: Soundex, Indexes and Finding Aids