Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: James H. Smith & Elizabeth Spillers, SC to GA
Post Date:November 01, 2012 at 07:34:20
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Forum:South Carolina Genealogy Forum
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

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: Elizabeth Smith
Age: 65
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: District 755, Coweta, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Birthplace: Georgia

John Smith 46, GA
Mary Smith 35, GA
Elizabeth Smith 65, GA - listed as a single mother???

You will not find parental info for James H. Smith and his wife Elizabeth Spillers in the census records.