Thursday, February 04, 2010
NARAtions is asking what is my favorite census? I love the 1850 census. This is the first census where I can see the entire family without having to theorize who an individual is. This is the first census I might have a clue as to the maiden name of the wife because of the elderly woman living in the household with a different surname. Doesn't tell me for sure, but oh what an intriguing clue to now be able to follow. The 1850 census can give me a birthdate, at least a year, when before I may have only had a 10 year span. I really like the 1850 census. It's my favorite.