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family data collection pay attention to dates.

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Re: family data collection pay attention to dates.

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 11:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thomasker2 said:
"All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
. . .
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country"

--There are exceptions. Some of the Maine enumerations for 1810 stated County of birth of the head of household.

"NO occupation was stated"

--There are exceptions. The 1810 enumeration for Jefferson Co., (West) Virginia gave occupations, for example.

"NO race was stated [but assume “white”]"

--This is just incorrect. The 1790 through 1840 enumerations have some 'racial' designations such as 'black', 'free black', non-taxed Indians. Each enumeration varies as to category and whether age-ranges are given. The enumerations that count "slaves" should not be assumed to be listing just what the enumerator might perceive as African-Americans. And the enumerators' perceptions may or may not be the same as what a person today might say. Since there actually is no such thing as "race," and a variety of intermingling of various geographic ancestries' blood took place, physical appearance was and is not a very good guide to what those ancestries might be.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
MoosePigg 9 Apr 2011 5:06PM GMT 
thomasker2 9 Apr 2011 6:43PM GMT 
belges101 12 Apr 2011 6:46AM GMT 
Mary Packard 18 Apr 2011 2:31AM GMT 
SoakedKarma 11 May 2012 5:01AM GMT 
frostfreedet 18 Apr 2011 5:00PM GMT 
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