21 July 2008

Ancestry's New 1900 Census Images and Search

Improved 1900 Census images at Ancestry.com.

The image on this post is one of the new 1900 census images on Ancestry.com (clicking on the image will bring up a larger version). These images have been shared with Ancestry.com by the Family History Library--they are (or will be) on the FamilySearch website.

The images are sharp--this one is from St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois, and is for my 2nd great-grandfather, Samuel Neill (notice that they got "Neill" spelled correctly this time). It is time for me to go back and review other 1900 enumerations that were difficult to read and view them again. Maybe I'll notice something I did not before.

From Ancestry's press release:

"The first census exchanged is the 1900 U. S. Census. FamilySearch completed a 1900 index in addition to Ancestry.com’s original. In the new index, FamilySearch added several new fields of searchable data, such as birth month and birth year, so individuals can search for ancestors more easily. The two indexes will be merged into an enhanced index, available on both sites. The new 1900 census images are now available on Ancestry.com.

The enhanced 1900 index will be available for free for a limited time at Ancestry.com and ongoing at FamilySearch.org"

The enhanced census images at Ancestry.com are nice for those who already have access to the site. And improved census images are always good to have, especially for those images that have previously been difficult to read.

Those wanting to search the new the 1900 U. S. Census can do so by clicking on the link in this sentence.


22 March 2007

Believe it or Not--Robert Ripley in 1900

We've posted the 1900 census image for Robert Ripley (of "Ripley's Believe it or not" fame) to our site. His name, believe it or not, was not actually Robert, but was actually Leroy.

Believe it or not, the 1900 Census can be searched at Ancestry.com.


19 March 2007

1900 Census--Jack Benny

The 1900 census finds comedian Jack Benny enumerated as Bennie Kubelsky, living with his parents in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois.
The 1900 Census can be searched at Ancestry.com--hopefully your relative did not alter his name as much as Jack Benny did.

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15 March 2007

1900 Census--Ty Cobb

The future baseball player is 12 years old and living at home with his parents in Georgia. Like many census enumerations, this one is split over two pages. View the complete image to see what his father's occupation was and other information about Cobb's family. If memory serves his wife was a census taker in one of Cobb's later enumerations as an adult.

The 1900 Census can be searched at Ancestry.com.

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14 March 2007

Pickles in 1900

We can't always locate the ketchup in our house, but I did manage to find Henry Heinz in the 1900 census. H J Heinz and his oldest son are enumerated as pickle manufacturers. The "0" behind the occupation means something, but not how many pickles they made during the year. The column headings on the original indicate the intent.
If your ancestor was in a pickle in 1900, that may be shown when you search the 1900 Census.
Chances are you may find pickles in your refrigerator, but not your ancestor. And if your ancestor is in the refrigerator...well that's another problem entirely.

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1900 Willa Cather

In 1900 Willa Cather was a newspaper reporter living in Phildelphia. The author of O Pioneers, My Antonia, and other novels of the western frontier had yet to pen her well-known works.

Philadelphia was probably a big change from rural Nebraska where Cather grew up. Her migration trail was little bit atypical. She was born in Virginia, lived in Nebraska and moved to Pennsylvania where she is shown here in 1900.
The 1900 Census can be searched at Ancestry.com--but keep your ancestor's migration path in mind.

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10 March 2007

1900 Census--Helen Keller

Helen Keller is enumerated in Alabama with her mother and siblings as shown in the image here .
The mother is listed as a landlady and the children are listed as students, including 19 year old Helen.
Search the 1900 census for your relative, who if they were like mine and nineteen years old in 1900 were likely employed--most as farmers or farm laborers.

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1900 Census--Al Capone

Al Capone was located living in New York with his parents and siblings, but because of statistical markings from the Bureau of the Census, it was a little difficult to find him at first.
Search the 1900 census for your relative-hopefully he's not on his way to a life of crime and the Bureau of the Census wrote marks on someone else's name.

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04 March 2007

Occupation: Suffragist

Few women had occupations other than housewife in 1900 and very few were listed as "woman suffrage," but that is how Susan B. Anthony is listed in the 1900 census. Between the blurry ink and the census office notations, her name is very difficult to read, but there is no doubt it is her. You can search the 1900 census for your relative, but your female ancestors likely don't have any occupation listed. Sorry.

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27 February 2007

1900 Census--Honus Wagner

Having two sons with occupations as ball-players might make a parent wish they would grow up and get a real job (like their brothers who were barbars or laborers). However, this family was a little different. The first "ball-player" in this 1900 census enumeration was John Wagner, better known as Honus Wagner. Now if Mom had just saved a few of those baseball cards.....
You can search the the 1900 census for your own relatives and see what their occupations were.

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23 February 2007

1900 Census--William McKinley

Of course the census taker did not refer to it as the "White House," it is referred to as the "President's Mansion" in a notation made on the far right hand side of the enumeration. The 1900 Census is searchable on Ancestry.com.

The entry for McKinley is difficult to read, given that a statistician from the Bureau of the Census has made a notation right above his last name. This is compounded by the fact that the enumerator spelled the president's last name incorrectly (it's pretty clear that the last two letters of the name are "ly" as written in the census).

This is the screen that shows how McKinley's name was indexed---pretty reasonable for him considering what it looked like. Users can enter corrections or comments--which is what I intend to do as soon as I post this blog entry. His wife was Ida Sexton, although it is not the easiest thing to read either. If you find someone whose index entry is wrong (or that needs a comment because the original is slightly off) consider entering that comment when you find the name in a census entry at Ancestry.com. Those names eventually are searchable after the corrections and comments have been uploaded.

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1900 Census--Mary Baker Eddy

The 1900 census enumerator found Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, but he did not find her too cooperative. She refused to give her age or month and year of birth as shown in this enumeration. She is also enumerated with no occupation. Of course searching for her in the 1900 census for index requires that I leave the age or year of birth blank. Most of our ancestors were not quite that stubborn.

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1900 Census--Humphrey Bogart

1900 census enumerators found Humphrey Bogart twice, once here in Ontario County, New York as shown and again with his family in Manhattan. Both images can be viewed on our site.
I've found several of my relatives (all non-famous), enumerated in the same census more than once. It does happen...especially if people are moving at the time, or working and still living at "home." In some cases, marital discord may be the reason great-grandpa appears as the "head of household" and as a boarder in a boarding house in a nearby neighborhood.
This image comes from the 1900 census at Ancestry.com

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16 February 2007

1900 Census--Spencer Tracy

Actor Spencer Tracy is a mere babe in the 1900 census enumeration with his parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1900. The young family only has two children at this point, the actor and his older brother, Carroll. The complete enumeration for this family can be seen here.

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