Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records 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 or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
1850 is the 1st census that lists all family members
1860 - Name: Joseph Cline Age in 1860: 52 Birth Year: abt 1808 Birthplace: New Jersey Home in 1860: Rubicon, Huron, Michigan Gender: Male Post Office: Port Hope
Joseph Cline 52, NJ - farmer Jane S Cline 50, IRE Wm Cline 20, Canada Margrett Cline 18, Canada Joseph Cline 16, Canada Saml Cline 14, Canada James Cline 13, Canada Jarvis Cline 8, Canada Mary Cline 5, Canada