Just an alert that the 1870 census of Hardeman County has some serious problems, over an above atrocious handwritting and the use of initials, instead of given names, mainly that the pages are out of order.
This problem is critical for family that bridge pages, that is, that start at the bottom of one page and continue at the top of the next. The problem is made worse by someone haven written over the visitation numbers, which could have been used to easily place them in the correct order, apparently in an attempt to make the pages appear to be in order. For an example of the problem, please see the 1870 census entry for this family:
At Ancestry.com, the record began at the bottom of Image #25, Page No. 25, and begins again on Image #40, Page No. 37. This is not Ancestry's fault. The error appears to have been made either by the enumerator or NARA or both. The important thing is to be aware of it and make certain, when you have a family that bridges pages, that you have put the right pages back to together.
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