Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Slightly Unusual Census Entry

This is part of the 1860 census entry for Julius Bierman who is the administrator of the estate discussed in the next issue of Casefile Clues. There's something a little off with this census image--and it's not the result of any manipulation on my part? Can anyone tell what it is?

The "concern" with the image had nothing to do with the upcoming article, but I noticed it anyway ;-)

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  1. The house numbers are out of order. The enumerator skipped 2006/1925, then entered it after 2007/1926.

  2. 2006 is out of order ???

  3. To my way of thinking, the oddness is that while there are, for instance, 2006 dwellings which the enumerator has counted by line 35, he has only counted at the same time 1925 families!

    1860 Headings: •Dwelling Houses numbered in the order of visitation. •Families numbered in the order of visitation.

    Either he has counted 81 vacant houses, or the enumerator wrote the wrong information in these two column, ie families first and dwellings 2nd!

    Not until 1880 were street and house number required, and then only "in cities": •Name of street •House number. In 1900 simply: Location: Street and house # were required.

    That does not mean that information was never given prior to 1880. I've a 1828 immigrant MILLER family listed in the 1830 census and shown living on Laurens Street in Ward 8, Lower Manhattan, NYC. What a TREASURE! Allowed me to find the family in the records of the nearest German Lutheran church!