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: Jesse Burrows Age: 85 Birth Year: abt 1765 Birthplace: New Jersey Home in 1850: District 61, Tyler, Virginia
Elias Burrows 57, NJ - cooper Mary Burrows 30, VA Mary Burrows 10, VA George Burrows 6, VA Jesse Burrows 85, NJ
West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971 Name: Elias Burris Gender: Male Spouse's Name: Mary Weekley Spouse Gender: Female Marriage Date: 1840 Marriage Place: Tyler, West Virginia [WV was not a state until 1863]
1860 - Name: Elias Burris Age in 1860: 66 Birth Year: abt 1794 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: Tyler, Virginia Gender: Male Post Office: Ripley
Elias Burris 66, VA - cooper [claimed NJ in 1850 as birthplace] Mary Burris 46, VA Mary A Burris 18, VA George W Burris 14, VA Rhoda A Burris 6, VA