Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Bernard Mersmann, St. Louis Blacksmith from 1840-1874
Post Date:May 12, 2013 at 08:41:05
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Forum:Missouri Genealogy Forum
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

Missouri Death Records
Death certificates for Missouri 1910-1962 deaths can be downloaded and printed out for FREE, at this site:

- - Birth & Death records for Missouri began in 1910 - -

EARLY Missouri - Birth, Marriage and Death Records

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 +++

It's not likely you will find any records of his ancestors in the US census records. Without knowing the specific birth location it's almost impossible to locate any records. Any records that are located will be written in either GERMAN or RUSSIAN. How good are your language skills. US census records do not record the specific locality of a person'd birth.

Also, remember GER & Russia had several wars throughout the 1800's not to mention WWI & WWII. Many towns & villages were destroyed along with any records.