Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Looking for parents of William H Dobson abt 1828-1891
Post Date:November 30, 2012 at 04:17:21
Message URL:
Forum:Michigan Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:

I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

This is why you cannot locate William's parents -

Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated                     
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

1910 -
Name: Martha A Dobson [William's wife]
Age in 1910: 70
Birth Year: 1840
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1910: Wichita Ward 3, Sedgwick, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio

Fredrick A Dobson 37, Mi - dentist
Helen M Dobson 35, ILL - married 9 yrs
Kathryn M Dobson 5, ILL
Margaret H Dobson 3, KS
Martha A Dobson 70, IND - widowed mother - 5 children
& 4 living