Facts you should know about the early census records –
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted” Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children” Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
TRY - Find a grave – FREE SITE - volunteer site all states; frequently has headstone pic
DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.
1880 - Name: Harly P. Sharp Age: 2 Birth Year: abt 1878 Birthplace: Georgia Home in 1880: Cherry Log, Gilmer, Georgia Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Son Marital Status: Single Father's Name: William Sharp Father's Birthplace: North Carolina Mother's name: Liddia M. Sharp Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
William Sharp 40, NC - farmer Liddia M. Sharp 36, NC Harriet E. Sharp 11, GA Robert R. Sharp 7, GA Ideler S. Sharp 5, GA Harly P. Sharp 2, GA Charly B. Sharp 2m, GA
Next available census is 1900; so add 20 yrs. to everyones age.
Harly Sharp does not appear on the 1900 census.May have died as a child.
NC Vital Records - 1914.We were a little late getting started.
statement source Druscilla R. Simpson Head, Information Management Branch N. C. State Archives Mail Service Center 4614 Raleigh, N.C.27699-4614 919-807-7319 (voice) 919-733-1354 (fax)