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 +++
1850 - Name: Jehu Williams Age: 43 Birth Year: abt 1807 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1850: Monroe, Holmes, Ohio Gender: Male
Jehu Williams 43, PA - farmer Sarah Williams 36, PA Martin Williams 16, OH John Williams 15, OH David Williams 13, OH Thomas Williams 10, OH Mary E Williams 8, OH Mccarty Williams 6, OH Eliza H Williams 4, OH Sarah E Williams 2, OH
1840 - Name: John Williams [Jehu Williams] Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Kilbuck, Holmes, Ohio Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2 Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1 Free White Persons - Under 20: 4 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 6 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 6