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 +++
1930 - Name: Mary A Lawson Age: 70 Birth Date: May 1830 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1900: Beat 3, Itawamba, Mississippi [Itawamba, Mississippi] Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Wife Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: William R Lawson Marriage Year: 1853 Years Married: 47 Father's Birthplace: South Carolina Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina Mother: number of living children: 7 Mother: How many children: 10 Occupation:
William R Lawson 65, 9/33 SC Mary A Lawson 70, 5/1820 - SC
1850 - Name: Mary Balew [Mary Belew] Age: 27 Birth Year: abt 1823 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1850: District 15, Gibson, Tennessee Gender: Female
Aaron Balew 30 Mary Balew 27 Elizabeth Balew 8 Samuel Balew 5 John Balew 3 Mary Balew 1