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 +++
WHERE was Robert Eckert Smith (1858 - 1945) born??city/county/state?? WHO did he marry??? Need her 1st name + DOB + birthplace
1870 - Name: David C Smith Age in 1870: 42 Birth Year: abt 1828 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1870: Boggs, Centre, Pennsylvania Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Milesburg
David C Smith 42, PA Phebe Smith 36, PA Thomas Smith 15, PA  Robert E Smith 12, PA Mary S Smith 19, PA Harriet Smith 4, PA
Census records do not record the specific locality of a person's birth.
Also, note that there is a 20 yr gap in the census records from 1880 to 1900.1890 census was destroyed by fire in the 1920's.
Pheobe Ammerman Birth 12 Apr 1832 in Pennsylvania Death 24 Nov 1896 in Philipsburg PA, Centre, Pennsylvania
statement source - Kathy Hale Supervisor for Public Services Government Documents Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania 607 South Drive Room 102 Forum Bldg. Harrisburg, PA17120-0600 (717) 787-2327 firstname.lastname@example.org |www.education.state.pa.us