I’m not related to any member of this family.
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 +++
TN Vital Records -
The Vital Statistics Law, established by Chapter 30, Public Acts of 1913, was passed and became effective January 1, 1914, for statewide registration of birth & death registration.
The Tennessee Office of Vital Records retains birth records from 1914. (NOTE: Beginning in 2014, birth records will begin transferring to the Tennessee State Library & Archive since we retain the birth records for 100 years. Then they will transfer on a year by year schedule.) Death records are only retained by our office for 50 years. Once the death records become 50 years old they are transferred to the Library & Archive also. Presently we have death records from 1960 to the present.
Once the records are transferred to the L & A, they become true public records and anyone can access them.
Statement source -
Shirley Clark, ASA 4
Office of Vital Records
Tennessee Department of Health
421 5th Ave N
1st Floor Central Svcs Bldg
Nashville, TN 37243
ARK Vital Records -
ARK required birth & death registrations = 1914
ARK began to issue birth & death certificates = 1914
Are there any restrictions to ordering these records??? Yes, we have eligibility requirements for each record type. Death records over 50 years old are open and do not have restrictions.
How far back do the marriage records go = 1917
So, If ARK did not issue birth certs until, how do you hace a birth cert dated 1882 for Norman?????
Name: Henry Heath
Birth Year: abt 1833
Home in 1850: District 18, Gibson, Tennessee
Jas S Heath 46, NC - farmer
Deland Heath 46, NC
Eveline Heath 20, TN
William Heath 18, TN
Henry Heath 17, TN
Richard Heath 14, TN
Catharine Heath 12, TN
Willis Heath 10, TN
Joseph Heath 4, TN
Name: Henry Heath
Birth Year: abt 1840
Home in 1880: Heaths, Gibson, Tennessee
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Eliza
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Henry Heath 40, TN - farmer
Eliza Heath 36, TN
Richard Heath 17, TN
William Heath 10, TN
Eli Heath 1, TN 
Catherine 42, TN - sister
Annie Heath 3, TN - niece
Nancy Heath 24, TN
Norman Heath [son of Henry & Elizabeth] does not appear in any census 1880, 1900, or 1910. Need DOB + birthplace for Norman. Need Norman's middle name.
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Norman Hudson Heath
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1882
occ - dry goods merchant
married = Mary
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