Donna Cooper

Donna Cooper

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Census Records & Reporting


Census records should not be hacked apart and spread throughout a file. When that procedure is done - facts are often lost.

Example: 1880 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, Page 421C, Popes, Jones Co., Georgia listed Joseph Haddock, age 31, born in GA, farmer, and listed both his parents born in GA. Jane M., his wife, was age 33, born in GA, keeping house, and her father was born in VA and her mother in NC. Children listed were Joseph L., age 8, son, born in GA, at school; Eula F., age 7, daughter, born in GA, at school; Johnnie, son, age 6, born in GA; Alonzo L., son, age 4, born in GA; Lilla, a black female, born in GA and at home, and both her parents were born in GA and also Eliza, age 4, a black female, born in GA and both her parents were born in GA. [Ref: Family History Library Film 1254154, and NA Film Number T9-0154.]

In 1880 Joseph Haddock lived between Benjamin Barbee, a black man, who was age 28, a laborer of farm work, and Samuel Jarrett, a black man, age 30, who was a rail road hand. Two or three doors away was Joseph's father, Caswell Haddock, who was listed on page 421C also and who was age 67 years and a retail merchant and also who was born in Georgia.

It would also be proper, but not necessary, to list a child of a census record in addition to listing a record, like the one above, with the father. Example: In 1880, Alonzo L., was living with his parents, Joseph and Jane, in Popes, Jones Co., GA, and was 4 years old. He was born in GA. He was listed on the Federal census of that county.

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