28 April 2009

1870 Census at Pilot Family Search Site

Ok, is it just me or is there no way to search by location?


I am searching for someone I know is in the census, just to "prove" that I can find him at Family Search's site for the 1870 United States Census. The problem is that the last name is so messed up on the census that I cannot find him when searching for his last name. There are too many Johns born in 1859 or so living in 1870 to make that a practical search without a location entered in or chosen to narrow it down. Is there something about searching at Family Search that I am missing for the 1870 census?

The person I am searching for is John Habben, born ca. 1859 in Germany. He is in Adams County, Illinois, in 1870 as I've found the entry before in the census. I just wanted to prove I could do it at FamilySearch as well and I'm having difficulty.

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Partial 1920 Census Index Free at Family Search

FamilySearch's Pilot Site recently released a partial index to the 1920 census. I am always glad when datasets get a new index, especially when it is a census year where I have had difficulty finding someone.

I have been looking for Anna Apgar/Verikios in the 1920 census since shortly after my wife and I got married. Anna is my wife's grandmother and was born in Illinois in 1913--likely in Chicago. I have searched for her to no avail. She was likely born Anna Apgar, the daughter of William and Marie/Mary Desmarais/Demar Apgar. Her parents split ca. 1918 and by 1920 her mother was in a relationship with Peter Verikios. I have searched for Anna as:
  • Anna Apgar/Apker, etc.
  • Anna Demar/Desmarais
  • Anna Verikios

Throughout the entire state of Illinois, trying all variants of these three last names that I could think of. All to no avail. Consequently I was excited when FamilySearch released their 1920 census index that includes Illinois. Maybe I would find her. Again, no such luck.

There is a remote chance that Anna was in New York State in 1920--which is where her mother was born and where her mother had siblings living. I will hold off on any more creative searches until New York State has been included in the index at Family Search. Maybe one day I will find her.

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10 February 2009

1870 Census on Family Search-Location Searches

Maybe I'm just really obtuse, but if it is there I am overlooking it.

Is there a way on the 1870 census at FamilySearch to search for John Smiths in a specific county?

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23 December 2008

1900 Census Back at Family Search

Those who have been waiting can now search the 1900 census again at FamilySearch.

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18 December 2008

1870 Census 98% complete at Family Search Pilot Site

The Pilot site on Family Search is now reporting that the 1870 census on their site is 98% complete. A complete list of currently indexed states is available on their site. Give it a try.

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05 December 2008

Some Chicago Marriage Licenses on Family Search's Pilot Site

It seems like it is harder and harder to keep up with all the information available on Family Search's Pilot site.





Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, marriages are being added to the records site at Family Search. This is a work in progress, which is clearly indicated on the site.



It made it so easy to locate these records (which I admittedly already had). The marriages shown in this post are for Lewis Demars and Laura Noll in 1901 and for Mary Demar and William Frame Apgar in 1909. Lewis is the father of Mary. Mary and her husband are my wife's great-grandparents. William Apgar "evaporates" around 1918.



No going to the courthouse, no writing a letter, no paying a fee. This is really nice. Now I just have to have time to search for other family members and wait for the site to expand its offerings of these records.






Those who have time can volunteer to help with the indexing of records at Family Search as well. You do not have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to participate in the indexing program.

The Cook County, Illinois, marriage records currently online at Familysearch can be searched on their site.

At the time of this writing records on the site were from 1900 through 1920.

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19 November 2008

1870 US Census on Family Search

The FamilySearch website indicates the 1870 Federal US Census on their site is 74% complete. Indexes are available for:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Dakota Territory
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vemont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

I'll have to give it a try on some of my brick walls. Unfortunately two of them were probably in Missouri in 1870, so I won't get too creative on searching for them until Missouri is added to the list of searchable states.

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Searching by First Names in Ohio Tax Lists at Familysearch

In most of the data at Familysearch, first name only searches are not possible. This is okay for ancestors named John or William, but sometimes some of us have unusual first names that are passed down in specific families or first names that are kind of unusual and last names that can be written incorrectly.

I am searching for Elam Blain(e) in Ohio--searching the Ohio tax records on FamilySearch. I thought perhaps Blain was totally mispelled and tried searching for men with the first name Elam. There were a few, none of whom had a last name close to Blain.

I like being able to search based on first names only. This is a nice improvement.

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Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838--sample image

I'm not certain this is a Kile from my wife's family, but this is a screen shot from FamilySearch's new 1816-1838 Ohio Tax Records.


This database that was recently added to the Familysearch site. It is located in the United States, Canada, Mexico section. I'll be waiting for it to be complete.

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Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838

Familysearch is 25% done with this database that was just added to its site. These tax lists are in the United States, Canada, and Mexico section. Unfortunately I could not find my Thomas Rampley in Coshocton County, but these probably have not been added and I have not yet had time to browse the counties and dates that are currently available.

Images are there too! Cool. We'll be blogging more about this one.

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21 July 2008

1861 UK Census at Ancestry.com and Family Search

It always pays to know about about all possible ways to access a certain set of data. Not all search interfaces are created equally. The 1861 UK Census is a case in point.

The screen shown first in this post is the search box from the 1861 English Census at Ancestry.com. Of course, to use this you either have to have a subscription to Ancestry's UK Census images of your own or use a subscription at a library.


The nice thing about Ancestry's 1861 English Census search is that it does allow you to search on a variety of search terms besides just the name. Personally, when I was looking for my wife's Spanish born English ancestor, the place of birth was helpful.


The search interface at FamilySearch.org does not allow for quite as many search parameters. However, it is free--a huge plus for many.
A screen shot of the search interface for 1861 at FamilySearch labs is shown second in this post.

There are some advantages to using Family Search as well. Personally I like to use both sites because of the differences in the search interfaces.

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14 July 2008

Formerly Pea Soup 1870 Census



The microfilmed copy of part of the 1870 Census for Northeast Township, Adams County, Illinois, is like looking at pea soup fog. One cannot make out anything.


FamilySearch now has added their own 1870 census images to compliment those at Ancestry.com. This image (the one with the grayer background) comes from FamilySearch.


The image from Ancestry in the 1870 census is also shows on this post.
Both are significantly better over the microfilm, which I gave up reading many years ago.
Family Search's image and indexes will be free when they are posted in their entirely. Ancestry's require a subscription. However, one may read names differently or "catch" someone the other does not.

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Partial 1870 Census Index Online at FamilySearch Labs

I got all excited until I read the fine print. The subject lines on many of the emails floating around about this topic aren't exactly precise.

FamilySearch is adding the 1870 Census to its website. Cool. Right now, though, it is incomplete. I got all exited a little too early.

From Tom Kemp's GenealogyBank Blog:

"The 1870 census is available in two formats:

Indexed and Searchable - search every name in the census for these States:
at the time of this writing only for the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Dakota Territory, Delaware,District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

Browsable - lets you look at the images of each page in the census --at this writing available for all states except Kentucky, Vermont and Virginia. "

I'll take a look at the 1870 Adams County, Illinois Census for Northeast Township. It is VERY difficult to read on the microfilm. Ancestry improved the images, but they are still a little gray. I'm waiting for the index to be complete--maybe then I can find my Johann/John/Jann Ufkes who proves to be elusive in 1870! It always is great to have separate indexes to the same record---sometimes someone else reads something differently.

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