Census Sunday – 1900 Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, Ohio

1900 U.S. Census – Marseilles Twp., Wyandot County, Ohio

In a post this past week, I talked about a discovery that I had made regarding my great grandfather and an apparent first marriage that neither my mother nor her siblings knew about.  I started to do a bit more research on the issue during the week, and one of the first places that I turned was to the United States Census for 1900 because when I first pulled that Census record, I knew that it showed Frank Hill living with his parents.  I had not done a complete examination of this record and hoped that upon a full analysis, it might reveal more information.  My hope proved fruitful!

Upon pulling up the Census record, I found the family of Samuel Hill (my great great grandfather) starting on line 69 of sheet 2 for Enumeration District 126.  My great grandfather, Frank, appears on line 71.  Thankfully, in 1900, the U.S. Census asked the one key piece of information that I was looking for in this case – marital status.  As you can see from the zoomed and cropped excerpt below, in column 9, Frank Hill has a D for his marital status, indicating that indeed, in 1900, he had been married once before and was now divorced.

Since divorce records from the late 1800’s in Wyandot County are not digitized and online at this point, I have a new item to add to my list for a research trip to Ohio!  At least I can be thankful that the marriage was relatively short, so I only have a few years worth of records to search through.


Census Sunday – 1940

Census Sunday is one of the newer blogging prompts from Geneabloggers, and after one of my “revelations” this week, it seemed pretty appropriate to talk about the 1940 Census.  After all, the 1940 Census is the most modern Census that has been made available to the public for research.  It provides some of the most in-depth insight into our more modern ancestors.  This Census will yield a wealth of information.  Right?

Well….only if the Census taker had good enough handwriting that the later transcriber could read the last name correctly!  And in the case of my grandparents and aunt and uncle…THAT didn’t happen!

I have not done a huge amount of research with the 1940 Census yet simply because most of the generations that are contained in this Census are ones that I have been able to get most of my information via family interviews and such.  This week, I decided to take a look into the 1940 Census just to pull up information on my Grandparents and my aunt and uncle.  I knew where they lived in 1940, and I figured it would be an easy pickup on my research.  Unfortunately for me, they appeared no where in any of the searches I did on Ancestry.com for that year!

I was convinced I was right about where they lived, and so I began doing some digging.  I checked their residence from both the 1920 and 1930 Census data.  They had lived in Ft. Wayne, Indiana for both of those Censuses, but I did notice that they had moved in between.  Time to check the Census maps for 1940 and see what enumeration district their last “known” address would fall into.  After jumping over to the National Archives to find that info, I pulled up the sheets for Wayne Township, Ward 10, Enumeration District 94-100A, and I began scrolling….and scrolling…..and scrolling.  Then I found the family living about 5 blocks from where they did in 1930.  I also found why they had been so hard to track down.  When the Census sheet was scanned, there was a “smudge” on the “n” in Link.  As a result, the person who had transcribed the Census for Ancestry, had listed the family as “Lisk” instead of “Link.”  Now, why the transcriber had read my grandmother’s first name as “Hanuanah” instead of “Hannah” I will never understand!

US Census – 1940 – Wayne Twp, Ward 10, En Dist 94-100A