Census Fun

1870 United States Census
1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Wall Lake Township, Wright County, Iowa, p. 2, dwelling 14, family 14, Ezra Lord; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 8 Jul 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 427.

1870 United States Census

When you work with a census image, make sure you check the whole page thoroughly for collateral relatives. And if the page is this congested with people in your tree, check the pages preceding and after, too. As you can see from my notes on the index page, this single census page was a goldmine.

1880 United States Census page 7

1880 United States Census page 8

1880 United States Census
1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Wall Lake Township, Wright County, Iowa, enumeration district (ED) 254, p. 7-8, dwelling 61, family 63, John Lord; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 8 Jul 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 371. Rec. Date: 8 Oct 2016.

Second tip: When you encounter a page like the 1870 census page above, carefully check the surrounding pages in other years, too.

This was a ton of information to assimilate, enter, and source, and it took me half the day to do so.

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