Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Looking for an Ida Elliott, born in Pa. in 1832/33, lived in Nebraska.
Post Date:January 14, 2013 at 08:52:48
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

This is your problem -
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 +++

1880 -
Name: E.J. Craig [census page is badly faded]
Age: 47
Birth Year: abt 1833
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Fairview, Madison, Nebraska
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: H.A. Craig
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Keeping House

H.A. Craig 40, PA - farmer
E.J. Craig 47, PA [1833]
John Elliot Craig 13, PA [1867]
Charles Craig 11, PA [1869]
Agnes J. Craig 10, PA
Wm. Craig 8, NEB
Minnie Craig 8, NEB [1872]
Edward Craig 5, NEB

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
Name: Minnie Craig
Census Date: 1 Mar 1895
Residence County: Dickinson
Residence State: Kansas
Locality: Hope
Birth Location: Nebraska
Family Number: 62
Gender: Female
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Race: White

Thos H Craig 33, ILL
Minnie Craig 24, NEB
Earl Craig 5, KS
Willie Craig 9, MO
Leota Craig 8, MO
Kay Craig 7, KS