Re: searching for elusive names in the census
This is a hint for hunting names that seem to have been left off the census.Sometimes you have to get real creative.I had been hunting my ggg grandmother in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana for the last 6 years.Her husband died in 1849 but all the family history I have seen says she stayed in Louisiana for at least a year before moving to Texas.Today I was determined to locate her because I am doing a family book for my uncle's 90th birthday.Her name was Mary so I plugged in the name Mary in the Ancestry census for 1850 but not one thing popped up.
I took a chance and went to Genealogy.com for their 1850 census which fortunately has Louisiana.I plugged in the search terms Mary and St. Landry.Low and behold-her son in law's name popped up. I figured she must be nearby.I found her on the next page recorded as Ms. Mary Ancell instead of Mary Insall.I guess the reason she did not pop up on Ancestry was because of the recording of Ms. Anyway, just a hint, if you are positive your ancestor should be there, keep looking even if you have to go page by page.