Census Records

Census records in the early 1800s are difficult to assess. Only the head of the household was listed and the rest of the household was just a lot of tick marks. What's a genealogist to do?

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Genealogists often divide the 1800 census records into 1850 and beyond and pre-1850 census records. Beginning with the 1850 census record, all members of the household were named.  Census records from 1790-1850 only named the head of the household. Other family members were simply noted with a mark in an age category. So, what’s a …

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