Washington Census Tips
- Relatives, such as grandchildren or married children, may live with them.
- They may live with a child, such as a married daughter, in their later years.
- Follow the children through censuses.
- Neighbors may be relatives or old friends from their home state.
- You may find sisters living in the area.
- Your ancestor's widowed mother may have remarried. Were the women old enough to be sisters? Aunts? The mother?
- Did any of those husbands witness your ancestor's deeds and other records? Were they near neighbors?
- Gaps in ages of children may be a clue to:
- A second marriage of the couple: Check marriage records for this.
- A child died young. Check cemetery, church, funeral, and other records.
- The state or nation where the children were born is a clue to:
- When the family migrated
- Ages of husband and wife may be clues:
- In a second marriage, the husband may be older than the wife.
- Compare ages of the wife and the children:
- The oldest child: was the wife too young to be the mother? (Child-bearing years for most women were between 16–40.)
- The youngest child: was the wife too old?
- For example:
Census Index Tips
- Indexers vary in skill and accuracy
- The quality of the image or copy they used affects the quality of the index
- Some indexers are local and more familiar with the names or families of the area than others
How Censuses Can Help You Find
Names of Parents
Maiden Name of Mother
A child's middle name is sometimes the maiden name of the mother
Obituaries sometimes list maiden name of wife/mother
On this Wiki - Maiden Names in the United States
How do I know this is MY person?
Family members - the more you know the more you will recognize Occupation
Other people your ancestor knew How is this going to be explained?
Migration from another state
Marriage: When and Where
Immigration and Naturalization
Some federal censuses give the year of immigration.