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.
No WWI draft registration card is available for William Bradley
1930 - Name: Will Bradley Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1885 Birthplace: Kentucky Race: White Home in 1930: Hanover, Shelby, Indiana Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Hazel Bradley Father's Birthplace: Indiana Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Age at first marriage: 43 Parents' birthplace: IND/IND
Will Bradley 45, IND - farmer Hazel Bradley 23, IND - Age at first marriage: 21 Parents' birthplace: IND/IND; no children