Posted By:Jean Coleman
Subject:Re:your connection to Coleman
Post Date:December 04, 2012 at 09:02:54
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Mary, Census records are NOT really all that reliable. My grandmother Lula Genevieve Allen and her family list in the 1900 US Census is ALL wrong -
none of the names are spelled correctly and where they were born etc -
I think they must have asked a neighbor or the cook or someone - certainly any of the children could have done better!
I can understand your frustration over initials and name spelling etc.
Some census and other records just use initials! Instead of listing the person by at least first name, the record uses MC or something. Good think I knew that was Mary Catherine Ruark, because of the person she married and where the census was taken! I am researching my half-brother's family of Bright - well good luck with that - could have been spelled Bright, Albright, Brecht, Albrecht, etc - a German family from PA who moved to VA then to GA....but I did a search on
side-lines of women and think I have most of the information I need - amazing how one plods on and on and finally a break through! And the writing on records always amazes me. I have added corrections to various documents where I KNOW the correct information from other sources.
Anyway, hope your cousin can send you the information. My husband's cousin paid genealogists to help her and then she sent it all to us. She is deceased and so I won't hear any more from her or her descendants - they aren't interested.
Keep plugging away - sometimes I find people answer my queries 3 even 6 years later! And again, Thanks!