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 +++
WISC. Vital Records - Registration was not mandated for Vital Records in Wisconsin until October 1, 1907.
1850 - Name: James Reynolds Age: 42 Birth Year: abt 1808 Birthplace: New York Home in 1850: Burlington, Racine, Wisconsin
James Reynolds 42, NY - farmer Rhoda Reynolds 41, NY James Reynolds 19, NY Samuel Reynolds 16, NY Jana Reynolds 15, NY Asa Reynolds 13, NY Phebe Reynolds 11, NY Ezra Reynolds 5, NY Eliza Reynolds 2, WI
1840 - There are 21 men with families named James Reynolds listed in the 1840 NY census.
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DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.