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Re: ELUSIVE ANCESTOR-He came to the Northwest as a young man, living in Iowa and Min
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: May 05, 2013 at 05:44:59
In Reply to: ELUSIVE ANCESTOR-He came to the Northwest as a young man, living in Iowa and Min by Carol Powell of 42162

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


The early census records have many short commings -

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 +++


Samuel B. Olmstead is not listed in the 1850 Iowa census.
He is listed in Minnesota.

1850 -
Name: S B Olmstead
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: Sauk Rapids, Benton, Minnesota Territory
Gender: Male

S B Olmstead 37, NY - farmer [[AKA - Samuel]
Lacy Olmstead 36, NY [AKA = Lucy]
Lafayette Olmstead 17, PA
Clarissa Olmstead 12, IOWA
Esther Olmstead 6, IOWA
Marion Harper 21
J B Hamilton 51
Freedom Howard 47
John Stout 22
S S Bliss 30
David Handscom 22
Jonathan Edwards 28
George Daniels 21
Isaac Adams 23
P A Moren 28
George Birdsley 23
Keturah Thompson 19
Joseph Tesrow 26
Thomas Catheart 23



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