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 +++
1850 - Name: Bennett Bradford Age: 35 Birth Year: abt 1815 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1850: District 10, White, Tennessee Gender: Male
Bennett Bradford 35, TN - farmer Louisa Bradford 27, TN Ladenda Dickerson 23, TN Elisabeth Bradford 9, TN Thomas Bradford 7, TN Mary Bradford 5, TN Margarett Bradford 3, TN William Bradford 1, TN
1860 - Name: Bonner Bradford [Bennett Bradford] Age in 1860: 37 [Bennett should be abt 45/46 and not 37] Birth Year: abt 1823 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1860: Union, Van Buren, Arkansas Gender: Male Post Office: Middletown
Bonner Bradford 37, TN - farmer Louisa Bradford 36, TN Elizabeth Bradford 19, TN Thos Bradford 17, TN Mary Bradford 14, TN Wm Bradford 11, TN Jno Bradford 2, TN Lewis Bradford 8, TN James Bradford 5, ARK Daniel Bradford 3, ARK Mahala Bradford 4/12, ARK David Bradford 4/12, ARK
1900 - Name: Bennett Bradford Age: 76 Birth Date: Jun 1823 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1900: Union, Van Buren, Arkansas [Union, Van Buren, Arkansas] Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Mary A Bradford Marriage Year: 1861 Years Married: 39 Father's Birthplace: Tennessee Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee Occupation:
Bennett Bradford 76 Mary A Bradford 66 William E Bradford 39 Julia Unnm 14 Waffa Bradford 18 Lula G Bradford 19
ARK Vital Records - ARK begin to issue birth & death certificates in 1914
ARK has eligibility requirements for each record type. Death records over 50 years old are open and do not have restrictions.
Marriage records go back to 1917.
TN Vital Records - Tennessee law began requiring the registration of birth and death certificates in 1914.However retention time in our office different in that we will hold birth records for 100 years and death records for 50 years.After that time the records will be transferred to the Tennessee State Library & Archives.At present we still have birth records from 1914 since we will not begin to transfer them until 2014.We presently have death records from 1960 to the present.All older records have also been transferred to the Library & Archive. Their address is: 403 7th Ave North Nashville, TN 37243-0312 phone #:615 / 741-2764 Since the records are not available, there is no online database for public searches. Please feel free to contact me if you need further assistance.
Shirley Clark, ASA 4 Office of Vital Records Tennessee Department of Health 421 5th Ave N 1st Floor Central Svcs Bldg Nashville, TN 37243 Shirley.Clark@tn.gov