Saturday, August 6, 2011

If You "Know" the County on a Census

If you are 99% certain of the county where someone lived in a census, consider searches without the first name. Unless the name is very common, I've taken to leaving the first name out--especially after it took me forever to find Harvey Butler written in 1850 as Hervey.


  1. Good tip! My pet peeve when searching is that even when I state the county, some databases put in too many hits from other counties or even other states!

  2. If you know the county and the last name does not work, then try the first name. I have a family in the 1900 Census that the last name is lasted as H--. Apperantly the family was not home and the person who gave the information knew the name started with H, but could not come up with Huyck.